• Movie Review

    Corniche Kennedy (2016)

    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 from the poorer background of the town, they are just…

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    Lulu femme nue (2013)

    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 job interview, where she gets rejected. Due to some minor…

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    Nimtoh (2019)

    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 the thick night inside the forest region. The farm owner’s…

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    Ellas crean (2018)

    Ellas crean (2018) aka Creative Women is a Cuban documentary film by Lourdes de los Santos that is being screened online by ICAF in partnership with the Embassy of Cuba. When you hear Cuba, there is an unmistakable allure that comes to our mind. This film documents the women of the island who have achieved great heights in their creative field of choice. We see and hear from fork dancers, innovative choreographers, a love poem writer, a designer of jewellery from odd materials, a filmmaker, an artist who gives emotions to coffee makers!,  big and small musicians, and a singer. Each of them has achieved against odds. A collection of…

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    Bailando con Margot (2015)

    Bailando con Margot aka Dancing with Margot is a Cuban detective film by Director Arturo Santana. The film was screened online by ICAF in partnership with the Embassy of Cuba. The story happens on the day of the Cuban revolution taking over the capital Havana on the new year eve of 31st December 1958. A talented detective Rafa gets called to a mansion to investigate a priceless painting being stolen the night before. The owner, a wealthy widow named Margot hides the dark secrets of her husband which she is not comfortable revealing to the detective. How the detective solves the theft is the story? Though the premise is solving…