Israeli film maker Yariv Mozer dabbles with sexuality in his film ‘Snails in the Rain’, and comes up with a redolent piece of film making. Based on a short story, ‘Snails in the Rain’ demonstrates how easily conventional sexual prototypes could be broken down.
Tobias Nolle in his film ‘Aloys’ treads on unfamiliar territory and lets his protagonist Aloys Adorn (Georg Friedrich), a loner private investigator, test his own limits in human interaction. Dabbling with magical realism, ‘Aloys’ is a densely dark film that lurks around the unexplored corners of the human psyche.
It’s not just the superlative performance from its lead actor Brendan Gleeson that sets the Irish film ‘Calvary’ apart, but the plenty of deliberations that it leaves in its wake on god and religion and a tiny village and its inhabitants that grapple with faith, or rather what is left of it.
At three hours and sixteen minutes, director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s film ‘Winter Sleep’ is no quick watch, and is as much a solemn psychological sketch of a wealthy columnist in Cappadocia, as it is a philosophical analysis of the disparities that exist between the wealthy and the poor.
There are films that stun you on account of a performance that you certainly had not rooted for, and Robert Pattinson’s Reynolds act in ‘The Rover’ is one that catches you by surprise. There are instances when the young actor even towers over the veteran Guy Pearce who is as effective as ever, playing the sober and all broody Eric, as they drive across the Australian waste land, post a global economic collapse. Continue reading “The Rover (2014) English Movie Short Review”
‘Jonathan’ moves far beyond a conventional coming-of-age tale and explores a father-son relationship against the backdrop of sexuality and coming to terms with it. Directed by Piotr J. Lewandowski, ‘Jonathan’ has the wonder eyed Jannis Niewöhner in the title role, who comes up with a superlative performance. Continue reading “Jonathan (2016) German Movie Short Review”
The urban landscape that Paul Verhoeven sets his film ‘Elle’ on is one that is creepy to the core, and his protagonist Michèle Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert) is no less perplexing an individual either. Having been through a house break-in and a violent rape, Isabelle lies in a tub, gently brushing away the froth that turns red. Continue reading “Elle (2016) French Movie Short Review”