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Amélie (2001) is a different type of film with a familiar plot, it had won Best Film at European Film Awards and was nominated for Academy Awards. The entire film is shot in a Gevacolor like style (like the Valencia photo-filter in Instagram) adding a sense of vintage. It is about a young lady living in Paris, who is looking for love, a love of her dreams and goes about finding it on her own (nutty) way. Growing up Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) had an unhappy childhood due to overly cautious parents. Amélie is working in a cafe and on…

The Trader (2018) is a documentary film from Netflix that follows a travelling trader in the Republic of Georgia (near Russia). He buys second-hand items from the city (Tbilisi) and goes to the remote villages to sell them for exchange of Potatoes. Surprisingly, Potatoes are the main currency of exchange in the remote villages of Georgia. Though it is short, the film shows us what the country life in these parts will be, and the aspirations of people living here. It is available on Netflix.

Lucy (2014) was a french sci-fi that was a thrilling watch.  Director Luc Besson has presented skillfully a superhero story as a sci-fi by interspersing brain science throughout, and, we are able to thoroughly enjoy it. This movie is a must-watch just for Scarlett Johansson. It is about a lady named “Lucy” gaining superhuman skills due to an accidental drug infusion, and, how she uses to identify and destroy a powerful international drug mafia. In introduction sequence, Lucy unknowingly gets caught by the gang of a ruthless drug lord, and we see a remarkable performance from Scarlett Johansson, when she…

Queen of Hearts (2019) was screened in the 17th Chennai International Film Festival. The Danish adult film was a Sundance award winner. The story is a familiar one of an older woman seducing an underage boy. Whether it is the classic The Graduate (1967) or The Reader (2008) these licentious relationships start for fun and no one getting hurt till they are secretive, but they don’t remain so for long. What shouldn’t have started at all, always ends badly, it does so in Queen of Hearts too! Directed by May el-Toukhy and the lead cast are Trine Dyrholm as Anne,…

King of the Belgians (2016) is a comedy film, with an easy story. The King of the Belgians, Nicolas III, is doing an official visit to Istanbul when the news of his country broken up into two comes. He is unable to return by Air to Brussels due to a solar storm, so with his entourage and a filmmaker he goes on a road-trip via Romania and the Balkans to his country.  Yes, you got it right! While on the road trip, he gets to interact with ‘normal’ people, get to experience their simple lifestyle, and, empathize with them. The…