World Cinema

The First Day of Rest of Your Life

The First Day of Rest of Your Life

Original French title: Le premier jour du reste de ta vie; Cast: Jacques Gamblin, Zabou Breitman and Déborah François; Director: Rémi Bezançon French were the original torchbearers of the New Wave movement that changed the filmmaking world. Even Tamil films were affected by this movement. Balu Mahendra combined French New Wave and Italian Neo Realism […]

Breathless

Breathless

Cast: Ik-Joon Yang, Kot-bi Kim, Man-shik Jeong; Direction: Ik-Joon Yang Breathless is not a violent film. In fact in the benchmark of South Korean films, it is one of the softest films ever made in the south of Pyongyang. Yet, there is enough violence in the film to make you wince. Yet this film is […]

The Lives of Others

The Lives of Others

Original German title: Das Leben der Anderen; Cast: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck and Sebastian Koch; Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck The place: East Germany. The year: 1984. The Staci, the secret police, are everywhere, snooping around, looking for spies, looking for defectors, looking for the enemies of Socialism. In order to identify the ‘traitors’, they […]

Last Train Home

Last Train Home

Cast: Changhua Zhan, Suqin Chen, Qin Zhang,Yang Zhang; Music: Olivier Alary; Direction: Lixin Yan Lixin Yan’s Last Train Home has the qualityof a home video production. Its actors are mostly amateur performers who seemto think they are in an annual day school play. It lacks a coherent plot. Yet, whata spectacular emotion it evokes! Every […]

Recommendations: Khuda Kay Liye

The non literal English translation: In The Name of God. A poignant Pakistani story about religious fundamentalism, terrorism, and post 9/11 world order. The movie is actually not as heavy as the problems it deal with sounds. It is actually a gripping tale told through contemporary narrative of interwoven time slices. You also get a […]

Good movies and bad movies Part II

  In the recent version of King Kong, a particular scene comes to my mind as I begin to write this. Kong, after ‘rescuing’ the girl (Naomi Watts) from the clutches of the city, on their way to escape, lands in the frozen lake in New York’s Central Park. As expected, Kong slides down the […]