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Ka Pae Ranasingam (க. பெ. ரணசிங்கம்) is a movie that handles an important subject but was made poorly. I am disappointed that the talents of the two actors I like a lot, Vijay Sethupathi and Aishwarya Rajesh, were not supported with a strong screenplay. The film was about the difficulty faced by a poor widow to bring back the remains of her dead husband from Dubai. It wants to show the complete apathy of our bureaucracy to the plights of its citizens and how its foreign affairs let other countries exploit our workers for personal gains. The heroine Aishwarya Rajesh…

Force Majeure (2014) is a Swedish comedy-drama, about the dynamics of a married couple with two kids while vacationing. A simple story filmed in breath-taking locations of the French alps, just for the cinematography, this film is a good watch. It is available on Disney+ Hotstar. Ebba and Tomas are happily married with a young daughter Vera and a young boy Harry, they are staying for a few days at a luxury resort. Getting up early every day, they have breakfast and leave for skiing on the beautiful snow-covered slopes. One day, a controlled avalanche comes damn close to where…

Serious Men (2020) is an engaging film that is about a father’s love for his son presented in the background of the caste imbalances that persist even in the corridors of science in India. It is based on the award-winning book of the same name by Manu Joseph, which I had bought ten-years ago, but had left unread. The film is available on Netflix India. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, comes as the father Ayyan Mani and carries the entire film. Hailing from a lower caste (Dalit) he feels side-lined at the Government’s premium research institute led by Dr Acharya (played by veteran…

The House of Sand or Casa de Areia (2005) is a Brazilian Portuguese film that was part of a Brazil Film Festival by ICAF. The film had won over 12 awards including Sundance Film Festival in 2006. It had unpretentious characters and a simple story line but leaves you spellbound. The story happens in 1910, when in a far-away desert in Brazil, months away from the nearest civilization. A pregnant-lady and her old mother is brought to be settled there by her husband. Unfortunately, things don’t go as per his plan, his servants run away, the family is marooned there…

A Man Called Ove (2015) is a comedy-drama from Sweden about a sexagenarian named Ove Lindahl, who lives alone in a gated-community. The film starts with him going on rounds every morning, taking upon himself to be the community rules-enforcer and then to be fired from the train company where he had worked for 43 years. Not finding any purpose in life, he decides to take his own life to join his dead wife (Sonja), fortunately he keeps failing in his attempts and see his portions of his past life in flashback during each episode. The screenplay is familiar and…