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A Japanese film, Shoplifters (2018) is about a poor family who takes to stealing items from supermarkets, has won many accolades including Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2018. I watched at a special screening as part of the Inauguration of the 16th Chennai International Film Festival. A wonderful film it was, don’t miss it. The family of a grandma, a young boy, a working girl and a middle-aged couple residing in a shabby house in Tokyo find it difficult to make the ends meet. Into this mix, comes a little girl who gets tortured at her own house,…

His Master’s Voice (Mô ichido) is a Japanese film (See the trailer here) by Director Hiroyuki Itaya that shows what you can achieve with just good story-telling (pun intended) and not waste on big budgets. Set in the Edo period (1603 to 1868) the film happens inside a small compound where a dozen families live and served by 2 to 3 shops. Each family has only a small room for themselves, they share a common wash and toilets, and live as a closely knit community. To this comes Taihei, a widowed gentleman who keeps to himself and he is not…

Mother Knows Best (2016) aka A Mãe é que Sabe (2016) is a family drama from Portugal with a tiny sci-fi twist, that was enjoyable. The Director has shown that is possible with a small budget to give a good film, provided you pick the correct cast and a story with characters that the audience can relate to. The entire film happens over a lunch – the extended family of Ana Luisa, who is happily married to Carol for 25 years and is the mother of a 22-year-old Mariana, are sitting around the table talking and recalling about Ana’s mother who…

Southern Cross aka Cruz Del Sur (2012) was screened as part of Spanish Film Festival in Chennai organised by ICAF and Cinema Republic, Spain. The film is about a middle-aged man (Juan) living in Montevideo, Uruguay with his lovely wife, a cute daughter and his caring father who runs a local bakery. Juan loses his job as a Sales manager in a lab, goes in search of a suitable job to Barcelona, Spain. His cousin living there leaves him to fend for himself in a hotel on the first day of his arrival to the foreign country. Juan struggles with settling down…

Cinema is a “powerful media”. Any oppressive ruler knows it well, that’s why they censor it, ban the films they don’t like. You can use it to rekindle patriotism as the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has done with the screening of “National Anthem” before every film that’s shown in public. You can educate the masses as with the Anti-Smoking awareness message shown during every film screening in India. We all get a sense of accomplishment after seeing our favourite Hero punishes the bad and brings justice to the victim. Yes, there is something magical about the 80 feet high…