Philomena (2013)

 The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time ~ T.S Eliot

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Directed by – Stephen Frears

The biopic is based on the real life story of an old nun accounted by journalist Martin Sixsmith in his book ‘The Lost Child of Philomena Lee’. 

At a high profile party, Jane, a waitress meets Martin – a journalist who has just lost his high profile job as the labour government’s advisor. She tells him about this woman, Philomena Lee – a nun in search of her son, who was taken away 50 years ago by the Catholic church. But Martin is uninterested and almost without a bother says that he can’t cover the story. She asks him why, to which he very matter – of – flatly, replies –

“Because human interest stories are about weak minded, vulnerable, ignorant people. So those newspapers are read by vulnerable, weak minded, ignorant people.”

Eventually, the film sets out to be the journey of Martin and Philomena – a human interest story for the journalist trying to gain foothold in the industry again and a long awaited quest for the old nun. Within the plot, deep buried human emotions and beliefs through Philomena are explored, while Martin’s attitude is a symbolic representation of perhaps practicality or atheism. The film is a mixture of understanding simplicity and ambitions, anger and forgiveness.

Very interestingly, it also manages to subtly point out political dispositions of the republican party in USA as well as religious heresy that is questioned time and again. In Ireland, there are nuns who were condemned by the church for carrying children and are till date paying the price of penance.

What an eye-opener. Loved it.

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An inconvenient truth (2006)

Mark Twain said:
What gets us into trouble, is not what we don’t know.
Its what we know for sure that just ain’t so.

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Directed by – Davis Guggenheim

One of the most famous documentaries of all times. The entire film is based on a detailed presentation that Al Gore, the former vice president of United states has been giving all over the world for many years now, to generate as much awareness as possible on Global Warming.

It starts humorously where he introduces himself as “I’m Al Gore, I used to be the next president of the United States of America”. And then it takes sporadic turns and twists with awing facts and figures and comparisons of ‘how it used to be’ and ‘how is looks like now’ images of the earth. The film again intercuts with his own personal life – where the fear of his 6 year old son’s death, made him realise what it meant to lose something that you take for granted. Since then, he never looked back.

As he asks us to take nature’s warnings seriously and to stop being mad – before its too late, he demonstrates the sentiment of scientists all over the world by putting tons of gold (economy) on one side of the weighing scale and the complete earth (nature) on the other – maintaining a balance, he says.

It was almost embarrassing and I could not help but wonder, that why – aren’t we serious yet? Do we need a dramatic tragic consequence to shake ourselves from our daily lives and actually think what we are leaving behind for our future generations? He also provided facts of how the most developed nation in the world, The USA – is responsible for almost all the carbon emissions that creates Global warming.

To the skeptical minds, he gives them this:
“Out of 928 peer reviewed articles, 0% had a doubt in the study. While out of 636 articles in popular press, 53% had a doubt. So no wonder, people are confused.”

Apart from the content, the film was undoubtedly very powerful. You could almost feel the hopelessness of the man in his crusade against killing mother earth and the constant motivation to not stop. That is quite something, isn’t it?

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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.

Boys don’t cry (1999)

Were you like me – a girl, girl?
Ya. Like a long time ago. Then I guess I was just more like a boy – girl. And I was just a jerk.

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Directed by – Kimberly Peirce

Rarely do you come across films that are based on real life incidents and given such authentic treatment that its almost believable. There has been controversy on the portrayal of the characters and the ‘truth’ behind their real lives, but that I think is quite inevitable.

Brandon Teena was a trans man. ‘A he’ but anatomically ‘a she’. It accounts Teena’s experiences as a man after he decided to embrace his sexual identity as a boy. He then started dating a girl, Lisa Tisdel – but became a victim to jealousy and hate-crime of Tisdel’s friends who were ex-convicts living in Falls city, Nebraska.

I found it very disturbing. But it also updated my knowledge on transsexuals around the world. Hilary Swank was absolutely stunning in her portrayal of Brandon Teena, the boy who was unfortunately born a girl. Loved it. These are the films that make history and it did.

A little princess (1995)

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Directed by – Alfonso Cuarón
Adapted from a 1905 children’s novel of the same name by  Frances Hodgson Burnett.

First things first, I saw Rama and Sita kiss for the first time. Yes, that’s right. Its a fairy tale, in a fairy tale.

A little princess is about a Daddy’s girl, Sara Crewe who has been told she is a princess – that all girls are. When she comes to America from India and has to study in a strict boarding school with no outlet for imagination and her Dad out in the war, Sara creates make-believe stories to be happy. But then tragedy hits and she has to go through sufferings which might change her perspective on life being a fairy tale.

Its a beautiful film and amazing performance by Liesel Matthews. I sort of welled up a few times. Actually, quite a lot of times.

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Catfish (2010)

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“Its like I gave up a lot of myself. And don’t know most days who I am.”

Directed by – Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman

Nev Schulman is a photographer who becomes friends with an 8 year old girl on the internet who used to paint the copies of his photographs. From developing an innocent friendship, Nev becomes close to her other family members and eventually ends up being in a relationship with girl’s cousin.

The film is a documented curiosity of the filmmakers trying to show online friendship but what comes out to be the end, is something that is going to be quite surprising. Its not just the story, its the characters and the understanding of people in disparate situations is what makes this film so special.

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Bonnie and clyde (1967)

 

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Directed by – Arthur Penn

Not all love stories are simple. They might seem to be. But they are not. Bonnie and Clyde is one such story. Its about two fugitives who find love, happiness and despair in their journey of robbing banks where nobody can catch Clyde Barrow and nobody can replace Bonnie Parker in his life. He is fascinating. She is extraordinary.

Its interesting how they make a film that just talks so much – through Bonnie’s eyes, Clyde’s body language, through the dusty roads of Oklahoma and yet it all comes together in a peaceful culmination – as if trying its viewers to understand them. I would like to pen down their famous poem here but I don’t want to ruin the experience for the ones who haven’t watched it yet. But when you do, remember this – it hits.

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