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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…

The Captain (2019): 中国机长 is a Chinese film produced by Alibaba Pictures-it is based on a real incident of an aircraft and its crew surviving a windshield disaster in 2018, midair near the Tibetan region. The film was about human endurance, how much can an experienced pilot and a qualified crew can achieve in the hour of crisis. The screenplay was not a nail-biter, yet it was thrilling to watch. Seeing the film I am impressed with how modern the aviation infrastructures are in China: the airport in a non-capital city like Chongqing looks sophisticated and really huge, also was…

The Trader (2018) is a documentary film from Netflix that follows a travelling trader in the Republic of Georgia (near Russia). He buys second-hand items from the city (Tbilisi) and goes to the remote villages to sell them for exchange of Potatoes. Surprisingly, Potatoes are the main currency of exchange in the remote villages of Georgia. Though it is short, the film shows us what the country life in these parts will be, and the aspirations of people living here. It is available on Netflix.

Lucy (2014) was a french sci-fi that was a thrilling watch.  Director Luc Besson has presented skillfully a superhero story as a sci-fi by interspersing brain science throughout, and, we are able to thoroughly enjoy it. This movie is a must-watch just for Scarlett Johansson. It is about a lady named “Lucy” gaining superhuman skills due to an accidental drug infusion, and, how she uses to identify and destroy a powerful international drug mafia. In introduction sequence, Lucy unknowingly gets caught by the gang of a ruthless drug lord, and we see a remarkable performance from Scarlett Johansson, when she…

Queen of Hearts (2019) was screened in the 17th Chennai International Film Festival. The Danish adult film was a Sundance award winner. The story is a familiar one of an older woman seducing an underage boy. Whether it is the classic The Graduate (1967) or The Reader (2008) these licentious relationships start for fun and no one getting hurt till they are secretive, but they don’t remain so for long. What shouldn’t have started at all, always ends badly, it does so in Queen of Hearts too! Directed by May el-Toukhy and the lead cast are Trine Dyrholm as Anne,…