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    The Man Without Gravity (2019)

    The Man Without Gravity (2019) is an Italian fictional drama about a boy born with the ability to float away if not weighed down. What should’ve been a perfect entertainer gets bogged down by covering familiar issues. The film gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’ and is available on Netflix. Born to a single mother in a village in Italy, Oscar has the supernatural ability to defy gravity and float. To hide his secret from the villagers who might then outcast them, his mother and grandmother keep him mostly indoors and home school him. Many years later when he grows up as a man, how Oscar adapts to the world…

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    Carmina or Blow Up (2012)

    Carmina o revienta (2012) is a Spanish comedy film that is narrated in largely a monologue format yet feels interesting. It is about Carmina who runs a bar with an eatery that has run into tough times with frequent robberies and the insurance company rejected her claims on flimsy grounds. How she gets back at them is the story. Carmina is a self-made woman, who dominates over her alcoholic husband and maintains her daughter, a single mother and the grand-daughter. After covering the problems with the eatery due to the robberies, the film moves on to show the boldness of Carmina – the way she handles the debt collector and…

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    So My Grandma’s a Lesbian! (2019)

    So My Grandma’s a Lesbian! (Salir del ropero) is a Spanish comedy that is available on Netflix. It takes the familiar story of a young lady getting engaged to a person not suited for her and narrating it with a new idea of a grandma getting married to her long time girlfriend. I liked the film for the beautiful scenic locations of the community it is pictured – breathtaking were the mountain terrain, the ocean and the cobblestone streets – and for these reasons, the film gets a higher rating than it deserves. Eva (played by Ingrid García Jonsson) is a young lawyer from Spain, she is getting engaged to…

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    Rose Island (2020)

    Rose Island (2020) is a comedy film based on the true story of a man-made island built off the coast of Italy in the 1960s in international waters and who declared independence status with the UN and European Council. The movie is available on Netflix and was an enjoyable watch, go for it. Reading the blurb for this film I was reminded of Principality of Sealand, which is near British waters where an abandoned World War II offshore platform wanted to be established as a sovereign state. Giorgio Rosa (Elio Germano) is a bright young engineer who likes to build machines on his own like a flying drone and then…

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    Force Majeure (2014)

    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 to 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 they are eating their lunch, covering them with a thick…

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    A Man Called Ove (2015)

    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 proceeds predictably, but the film was made engaging by the…

  • The Players (2020)
    Movie Review

    The Players (2020)

    The Players (2020)  is an Italian romantic comedy film with a familiar story of husbands cheating on their wives. What’s different in the film directed by Stefano Mordini, was the straying, ranges from fetishes to serious plotting to keep their affairs hidden from their wives. All the four female leads have done their roles well, showing up a wide array of emotions from feeling puzzled, sad, betrayed & angry. Other than being a light entertainment, there was nothing gripping in the screenplay. It is available on Netflix.

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    I walk around Moscow (1964)

    Can a film be about going around a city and showing a glimpse of everyday life there without becoming a documentary? Yes, proves this Russian film: I walk around Moscow (aka Walking the Streets of Moscow).  And it does so in an engaging and humorous style. The film is made available for free by Russian Centre of Science & Culture, New Delhi on YouTube. The film starts with a budding writer from Siberia getting down in Moscow’s airport in the morning and leaving the city in the evening. During the day, he befriends a young worker at Moscow’s Metro rail. Together they go around the city living their lives without any set plan…