Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

 You scared?
All the time

Au Revoir Les Enfants

Written and Directed by – Louis Malle

During World War II, when Germany had occupied France (1942-44) – this is the story of a boy Julien Quentin in a Carmelite boarding school. He becomes friends with a new schoolmate Jean Bonnet, with a shy demeanour and a secretive history. The backbone of the narrative is their growing friendship while exploring the underlying tension in France.

There are a lot of political references in the film which I did not completely comprehend. But, there was this one instance in the film where all the students had gathered to watch a Charlie Chaplin film and it was in that one scene that everybody looked united – in joy. It made a powerful statement in itself. There are many such moments though, some through interesting characters like the drunkard cook or petty assistant or Julien’s elder brother wanting to join the resistance movement or the fat boy who loves to bully but hardly smiles.

Its that sort of a film that works deftly along its narrative with subtle references of the essence of the plot. It eventually culminates in a silent fear that you must have had all along the way. What is more fascinating about this film is that its autobiographical and has been treated as such, from Julien’s perspective i.e. Mr. Louis Malle’s real life experiences.

A must watch for all film buffs out there.

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The lives of others (2006)

The lives of others

Directed by – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

A film that deals very closely within the circles of politics and art in East Germany, 1984 – just before the fall of berlin wall. An agent of Secret police is conducting a surveillance without the knowledge of a controversial writer and his lover, a famous actress. From the dirtiness of politics to questioning art, everything so typical, yet mesmerising to watch.

Beautiful cinema! It is a dream to be able to watch films made like them, let alone make one. As the agent HGW XX/7 becomes more and more absorbed into their lives, there are unexpected things that tend to happen and the only person who can make a difference to all of it is him. Watch the movie for falling in love with German cinema, making you crave for more – if not for anything else! It talks about political agendas, art, love, obsession, despair – everything together and yet so perfect. Loved it.

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Head-On (2004)

“If you want to end your life, end it. You don’t have to kill yourself to do that.”

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Directed by –  Fatih Akin

Gegen die wand” happens when a 40 year old Turkish German (who has become a druggie-alcoholic after his wife’s death) meets Sibel – a trapped young girl in a conservative family who yearns to get out of it. They meet in the hospital where both of them were admitted for committing suicide. She asks him to marry her so that she can get out of her family and after long he agrees. They decide to have separate sex lives – thus, like married roommates. But eventually they fall in love and what happens after that – is the reason you must watch the film.

Its stunning. Beautiful story – telling. One of those tragic love stories told in the most tragic way and you can’t stop loving it and neither can stop recommending it.Watch!

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