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Baaram (2018), this film had won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil in 2019 and had its theatrical release only today-that too a limited release in a few theatres. In the night show at Devi Kala today, there were six other people in the audience apart from our group of six. Baaram (பாரம்) is sure to move even the hearts of the coldest, yet it has been filmed in a subtle and simple fashion by Director Priya Krishnaswamy – a big kudos to her. The story is about the village practice of Thalaikoothal, still in vogue…

Vaanam Kottattum is a nice film that takes an oft-repeated storyline and makes it engaging. The pace of the screenplay which didn’t dwell on any single happening for long, emotional dialogues that work, the impressive acting by the five lead actors  (Raadhika, Sarathkumar, Vikram Prabhu, Aishwarya Rajesh and Balaji Sakthivel) have turned an ordinary film to one worthy of your time. The story is about two kids growing up with their mother while their father is serving his prison term for murder being realistically told, along with a thread of revenge by the son of the killed man. Yes, there…

How to take an ordinary love story of an orphan boy falling for a beautiful girl, and, turn it into an unforgettable work of art? Watch this one. We have seen with animated films like Grave of the Fireflies (1988) or The Good Dinosaur (2015) the power to bring out human emotions of love, loss and joy, better than many of the live-action films. I Lost My Body (2019) is one such animation film. While “I Lost My Body” is described as a film where a right-hand severed from the body, travels across Paris in search of its owner, it…

In recent years, South Korea has been making many wonderful films like The Host (2006), Okja (2017), Cart (2014), Miss Granny (2014) which was remade as Oh! Baby (2019) and then Parasite (2019). Wonderful Nightmare (2015) is to be added to that list of fine cinema. The film is about a super-successful attorney Lee Yeon-woo in South Korea, taken to afterlife prematurely due to a clerical mistake at the other world. To get back at her life, she is tasked to live on earth for a month as another woman. Having been single and wealthy, Lee Yeon-woo finds it impossible…

The Commune (2016) aka Kollektivet (2016) is a Danish film by Thomas Vinterberg. It is a triangular love story told in the backdrop of a group of people living together under one roof in the 1970s Copenhagen. It was a fine movie to watch, but one with a mismatched title. Anna (Trine Dyrholm) is a successful television newsreader, married to Erik (Ulrich Thomsen) who is University Professor of Architecture, the couple has a teenage daughter Freja (Martha Sofie Wallstrom Hansen). To manage the expenses of having a large house, they welcome half-a-dozen people, almost strangers, to live with them as a…