• Wonderful Nightmare (미쓰 와이프)
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    Wonderful Nightmare (2015)

    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 to adjust to middle-class life and be a mother to…

  • Kollektivet (2016)
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    The Commune (2016)

    The Commune (2016) aka Kollektivet (2016) is a Danish film by Thomas Vinterberg. It is a triangular love story told in the backdrop of a group of people living together under one roof in the 1970s Copenhagen. It was a fine movie to watch, but one with a mismatched title. Anna (Trine Dyrholm) is a successful television newsreader, married to Erik (Ulrich Thomsen) who is University Professor of Architecture, the couple has a teenage daughter Freja (Martha Sofie Wallstrom Hansen). To manage the expenses of having a large house, they welcome half-a-dozen people, almost strangers, to live with them as a commune with collective ownership of the house. We see the…

  • Amélie (Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain)
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    Amélie (2001)

    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 her way to work, in the train station, she sees…

  • The Captain (2019): 中国机长
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    The Captain (2019)

    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 Air traffic control stations that were shown. On 14th…

  • The Trader (2018)
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    The Trader (2018)

    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)
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    Lucy (2014)

    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 cries and pleads to him helplessly. From there, within minutes,…

  • Queen of Hearts (2019) by Director May el-Toukhy
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    Queen of Hearts (2019)

    Queen of Hearts (2019) was screened at 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 gets 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, a successful lawyer living in Denmark with her husband Peter…

  • Gisaengchung (2019)
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    Parasite (2019)

    10th Feb 2020 update: By shattering the 92 years of Oscar History, the South Korean thriller ‘Parasite’, becomes the first Non-English Movie to win the top Academy Award. Hollywood clearly knows where there is money. The present and the future in the 21st century is clearly Asia (read as China first). It was a Japanese film “Shoplifters (2018)” that was the star in the last year’s Chennai International Film Festival. This year it was the Korean film “Parasite (2019)” screened today that got honours. In their unique ways, both the films shine a light on the growing gap between the super-rich and the poor in the developed world of Japan…