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Tehran Taboo (2017) is an animated film on the lives of three women living in Tehran. Initially, I thought the film will be about the underbelly of Tehran, but it talks about the miseries and compromises that the less-privileged go through in any of the large cities in the world. The film is available on Kanopy. The film by Ali Soozandeh – who is settled in Germany since 1995 – is intense and the storytelling is so detailed that we are quickly drawn into the lives of the main characters. The first one is a mother who raises her young…

Nosilatiaj. La Belleza (2012) is a film from the Argentina countryside. It is about a girl “Yolanda” from the local Wichi tribe, who is residing as a house maid with a Spanish descendant (criollo) family of “Sara”, the housewife running the house. Directed by Daniela Seggiaro, the film is narrated from Yola’s point of view. Though Sara’s family is not rich, her husband works in the city and lives most of the time with his mother, the family treats Yola well. The story is about Yola’s connection to her culture and struggle to remember it through her dark, long hair. Unfortunately,…

The House of Sand or Casa de Areia (2005) is a Brazilian Portuguese film that was part of a Brazil Film Festival by ICAF. The film had won over 12 awards including Sundance Film Festival in 2006. It had unpretentious characters and a simple story line but leaves you spellbound. The story happens in 1910, when in a far-away desert in Brazil, months away from the nearest civilization. A pregnant-lady and her old mother is brought to be settled there by her husband. Unfortunately, things don’t go as per his plan, his servants run away, the family is marooned there…

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…

In recent years, South Korea has been making many wonderful films like The Host (2006), Okja (2017), Cart (2014), Miss Granny (2014) which was remade as Oh! Baby (2019) and then Parasite (2019). Wonderful Nightmare (2015) is to be added to that list of fine cinema. The film is about a super-successful attorney Lee Yeon-woo in South Korea, taken to afterlife prematurely due to a clerical mistake at the other world. To get back at her life, she is tasked to live on earth for a month as another woman. Having been single and wealthy, Lee Yeon-woo finds it impossible…