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How to take an ordinary love story of an orphan boy falling for a beautiful girl, and, turn it into an unforgettable work of art? Watch this one. We have seen with animated films like Grave of the Fireflies (1988) or The Good Dinosaur (2015) the power to bring out human emotions of love, loss and joy, better than many of the live-action films. I Lost My Body (2019) is one such animation film. While “I Lost My Body” is described as a film where a right-hand severed from the body, travels across Paris in search of its owner, it…

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…

Tamara (2016), a French comedy film that is about the growing up crush of a teenage girl by the same name. “Tamara” (aged 15) is living with her single mother, it is her first day in high school, and tough to adjust with new classmates – who makes fun of her for being “fat”, a fact she herself feels very conscious of. The hottest boy in the class called “Diego” sits next to Tamara and eventually they get into a relationship, then to fall out due to a misunderstanding. Did they get back is what the film is about? It gets…

The African Doctor (Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont) is based on an inspiring true story of an African family trying to settle down in a conservative rural France of the 1970s.  A young man from Congo, who has recently graduated as a doctor from a French university, has two choices in front of him. To take up the job as the personal doctor to his country’s (Dictator) president which promises luxurious lifestyle, or, work in a rural village outside of Paris as the local doctor. He opts for the latter as it will give him French citizenship, dignity, and a path to a brighter future…