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Reading the description that talked about Quantum Physics and the opening scene mentioning the same, I wrongly assumed the German film Mein Ende Dein Anfang (My End is Your Beginning) to be a science-fiction, it was not. It was a drama, covering the familiar story of love, followed by a tragic loss and then fate playing its cruel game on you.  The film was exhibited online for free at the Goethe-Institut on-demand service and gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’. Nora (Saskia Rosendahl)  and Aron (Julius Feldmeier) are madly in love and on a fateful day they get caught up…

What a simple yet inspirational film this was! The first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, that too by a female Saudi director in her debut film: Wadjda (2012). It was about a little girl who wants to buy a cycle and race with it against her neighbour’s boy. In a conservative society like Saudi, this was not so easy. The film traces her journey. Wadjda is a 10-year girl living in Riyadh with her mother who works in a school that requires a long commute and her father visits them once in a while. She is friends with…

Corniche Kennedy (2016)  is a French drama about a bunch of teenagers over a summer enjoying themselves on the beaches of Marseille, France. In the beginning, the film impresses you with its authenticity but later slides into cliche territory. Hence it gets a Raw rating from Mangoidiots. It is available for free viewing from the Institut francais website till the 10th of April 2021. The film by director Dominique Cabrera starts on a highway bridge overlooking the sea below. A bunch of kids are risking a jump from there to a depth of several tens of feet. These are kids…

Lulu femme nue (2013) is a French comedy-drama about the midlife crisis of a housewife who runs away from her home & kids while travelling outstation for a job interview. Even with brilliant acting by the protagonist Lulu, because the film feels familiar throughout, it fails to jazz you. Still, it is a good watch due to its simplicity. It is available for free viewing from the Institut francais website till the 10th of April 2021. Karin Viard plays Lucie (Lulu) who has three kids and a loveless marriage. One day she is in an outstation town appearing for a…

Nimtoh (2019) aka Invitation is a Nepali film that was screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 and was made available online by ICAF. Tashi is a 10-year old boy living with his grandma in the outhouse of a small farm in a village near Darjeeling. His grandma is a servant taking care of the cardamom orchard, Tashi does the odd-jobs around when he is not going to school.  The film starts with the duo making noise in the night to scare off the wild animals that come inside the farm. In that first five minutes, we are transported to…