Tell no one (2006)

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Directed by – Guillaume Canet

Ne le dis à personne is based on a book of the same name by infamous American author, Harlan Coben.

I loved the way it started. Like most french films, its soul lies in its pacing. Slow and curious at first, then suddenly makes us run along with it. The film is about a middle aged man, Alexandre Beck whose beloved wife became a victim to a serial killer and 8 years later, the tragedy comes back on his doorstep. Now there might be a lead to a story that only seemed unfinished. With Alexandre’s tumultuous journey in search of the real truth and a hidden plot that seems to be getting more and more complicated – the film ends with a bang. I love such films.

What I enjoyed the most were the intricate and delicate detailing of the characters. Of course, they were intentional and contributed not quite subtly in the story – but the fact that they were there, makes it worth the appraising. Its not just a brilliant plot – its the characters and how well they are portrayed to make your story believable that makes a film what it is. I believed in ‘Tell no one’ and at the same time not so much, probably because I could have a figured a better way out in the plot I guess. But I definitely and thoroughly enjoyed watching it!

This film is not yet rated (2006)

Nearly four times as many films received an NC-17 for sex as apposed to violence.

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Directed by – Kirby Dick

One of the most interesting investigative documentaries made on the Motion Picture Association of America’s rating system, where it questions the entire basis of such a rating system in USA- the farce and fraud founded by Jack Valenti in 1966. It exposes ‘secrecy’ of such an organisation which branches to many political agenda and lobbyists worth multi million dollars. And the so called guidance that they provide for parents, neither with logic nor explanation, in deciding what is appropriate and inappropriate in films.

Many famous directors and victims of NC -17 rating (No children under 17 admitted) came on board to talk about their experiences, where director Kirby Dick hired a private investigator to find out who these secret members of the MPAA rating department were. Sexual content, nudity, sexual preference, violence in films, even copyright acts by Valenti are discussed extensively throughout, by filmmakers, producers and actors.

Its extremely gripping and very surprising for a member of the third world nation like me who considers USA to be one of the most transparent nations in the world. The truth behind it was just a thrilling eye opener.

A must watch.

In a better world (2010)

Sometimes it feels like there is a veil between you and death,
but that veil disappears when you lose someone you loved
or someone who was close to you,
and you see death clearly, for a second,
but later the veil returns, and you carry on living.
Then things will be alright again.

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Directed by – Susanne Bier
Written by – Anders Thomas Jensen

There are some films which are meant to make a difference. Such films seep into your bones and stir every part of you with such overwhelming mixed emotions.

On one side you see a swedish man Anton, a doctor trying to save as many lives as possible in Sudan. On the other side, back home – his innocent good hearted 12 yr old son, Elias befriends a strangely quiet boy in school, Christian who saves him from being bullied. While Anton has to deal with big bullies of the world who cut open pregnant women’s bellies just because they can, he also is trying to imbibe in his son the meaning to let go of bitter feelings. Because it does good to nobody.

Their lives intertwine in ways, one action leading to another – human emotions expressed so sublimely and with so much caution..

Its beautiful. Too powerful.

Haider (2014)

“Intakam se sirf Intakam paida hota hai”

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Directed by – Vishal Bhardwaj

Adapted on Hamlet by Shakespeare, the film is one of the handful cinemas from Bollywood that will go down to history someday. It is about Haider, looking for his father, a doctor – who has been captured by the army for treating terrorists in his house. In his quest, he learns of his mother’s affair with his father’s younger brother and becomes skeptical of his own blood relatives leading them responsible for his father’s arrest.

Its stunning how the film manages to weave in and out of the characters, their roles becoming rock solid to make justice and yet, never trying too hard to justify themselves. Its quite a rare experience. Makes us all a little bit proud to be Indians and a hope that more and more films with such chutzpah will find a way to hit our screens.

Loved it to the core.

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You can also read my review on Haider here.

The past (2013)

Directed by – Asghar Farhadi

You’ll be amazed at what the master manages to do this time. After films like A separationAbout Elly, he has again managed to blow our minds with this absolutely enthralling feature called The past. The story starts with Marie waiting in the airport to pick up her soon to be ex husband Samir. As she calls him through the glass window, he could not hear and when they eventually meet, the story unfolds. In the entire film, nothing is obvious – everything is told but again not in an obvious way. Asghar Farhadi again manages to get the attention of his viewers unblinkingly in this tale of broken relationships, unsaid and hidden feelings of love, hatred. The inevitable decadence of marriage befalls on you as the film walks with you through suppressed emotions, teenage complications and innocent ignorance.

The use of glasses is clear, both visually and metaphorically throughout the film and as the director spoke about it in the festival (The Iranian filmmaker, Asghar Farhadi was the chief guest if MAMI), the significance is very relevant to the very nature of the film – where people talk and talk and nobody understands the other. It is worth every second and a film you must watch, an experience you won’t forget.

Prisoners (2013)

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Directed by – Denis Villeneuve

The hype was quite obvious. Its Hugh Jackman after all. For me, it was the man himself. If you have watched incendies (I have written about it before, here), then you would definitely know what I mean. Even as you watch Prisoners, it will prove that the guy is definitely a master when it comes to thriller. The minute details and the absolute bringing – alive – the – character, that’s what worked for the film.

The film is about the abduction of two girls and entire process of search that goes on around it. I must mention Paul Dano here, who actually is the prisoner – his characterisation was undoubtedly the best. It is not everyday that you give Jackman an ordinary role and ask him to make sure that the story tells more than him infront of the screen. His performance just cannot not go unnoticed. While Gyllenhaal might not seem in the foreground due to the presence of some overwhelming actors, his character was again one of the most well written and well played here.

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Zodiac (2007)

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Directed by – David Fincher

One of the best films made on interrogation and crime. I wouldn’t call it a thriller because it is less about the journey of finding the killer and more about the obsession of a nerdy cartoonist who wanted to find the infamous zodiac. One particular reference of ‘films’ already made on zodiac was absolutely amazing. Said a lot, didn’t it? It is a complete film. I might want to specially mention Jake Gyllenhaal but that would only be because he took most of the screen time. When Zodiac went on a ‘killing spree’ in 1968 and started sending letters to the san Francisco chronicles, many people came on board from reporters to police detectives and went on to investigate the case. There is one particular dialogue in the film that explains the entire motivation of it.

Graysmith’s wife, Melanie – Why? Why do you need to do this?

Graysmith – because nobody else will.

I absolutely loved the editing. While in the first part, I felt as if the entire sequence was kind of cartoonized which I did not like very much, but there is no question that the film’s beginning is one of the best opening sequence for a thriller ever. Cheers to David Fincher. Thank God for making them.