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  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley
  • The Best of Youth
  • Normal People
  • In the Mood for Love

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  • Benedetta

    ★★½

  • Fantastic Planet

    ★★★½

  • Mirch Masala

    ★★★★½

  • How to Build a Girl

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  • Mouchette

    Mouchette

    ½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    There are almost exclusively two kinds of characters in the films of Robert Bresson:

    (i) the weak but saintly protagonist, silently suffering through endless injustices and humiliations, and
    (ii) sadists, i.e., every other character in the film

    There are maybe three or four moments in Mouchette when our young protagonist is shown any hint of kindness. Arsénse, a drunkard, shelters her from a storm after she gets lost. But only to rape her a few moments later. A shopkeeper offers…

  • It's a Free World...

    It's a Free World...

    ★★★★

    Ken Loach's films have always been centered on working class characters. It's A Free World..., focusing on the exploitation of immigrant workers in the UK, is no different.

    Loach, however, chooses to tell this story from an unexpected perspective. Angie, the protagonist - an ambitious woman in her 30s - is not an immigrant worker; rather, she is the one who is exploiting them. This choice of protagonist is significant.

    In films (or in any other kind of storytelling), it…

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  • Rendezvous in Paris

    Rendezvous in Paris

    ★★★★

    No one shows people being stupid and immature in love like Rohmer does.

  • Nights of Cabiria

    Nights of Cabiria

    ★★★★

    The narrative arc is emotionally devastating. Time after time, as Cabiria thinks she has found a sense of belonging and fulfillment, she is spurned by the people around her. Through Cabiria's story, Fellini manages to capture one of the great tragedies of life - that we are often, in the deepest sense, invisible to the people around us; seemingly only cared for as long as it serves someone else's purpose.

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  • Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

    Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

    ½

    Director - Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
    Starring - Farhan Akhtar

    Some airlines provide their customers with pillows during flights, they also usually provide paper bags into which one could puke if the necessity arrived. Cinema halls in India would do well to learn a trick or two from these airlines.

    Where do I start? Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is disgusting. Kirby Dick's film, This Film Is Not Yet Rated is about how whimsical and ridiculous the MPAA is. The Indian Censor Board…

  • Y Tu Mamá También

    Y Tu Mamá También

    ★★★★★

    This is the third film directed by Alfonso Cuaron which I have seen, and I think he may be my favourite director for now.

    The film reflects on friendship, loyalty, intimacy, and the fragility of life among other things and yet manages to retain a certain amount of carefreeness about it. It is filled with gorgeous landscapes and scenes (some of which are strikingly similar to what one could find on-the-road here in India). I found some scenes extremely humourous…