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  • A Short Film About Killing

    A Short Film About Killing

    Krzysztof Kieslowski’s ‘A Short Film About Killing’ is a disconcerting drama about societal violence and its hypocrisy to distinguish one form of killing of a being from another. Kieslowski himself wrote in the autobiography: “I think that this movie is not about the death penalty, but about killing in general. About killing which is evil – doesn’t matter why you kill, doesn’t matter who you kill or who does the killing.” (Krzysztof Kieslowski, “O sobie” (About Me), p.126.)

    It reflects…

  • The Wild Pear Tree

    The Wild Pear Tree

    ★★★★★

    “The Wild Pear Tree” is a rich, dense and layered character study of a young man whose internal turmoil is often manifested in the socio-political contradiction and the perennial east-west conflict in Turkey. He has grown in a snooty snob who looked down upon his native people as inconsequential individuals living an insignificant life.

    Nuri Ceylan captures the languid, ruminative quality of a Chekhov story and a pre-eminent artist like the Nobel laureate and fellow countryman, Orhan Pamuk.

    The title…

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  • Karnan

    Karnan

    An improvement over Pariyerum Perumal.

  • Sweet Bean

    Sweet Bean

    If you need one reason to watch this film then let that be a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the perfect dorayaki by Kirin Kiki.

    Naomi Kawase's "Sweet Bean" has all the ingredients for a mushy melodrama. An old woman locked in an isolation from her teenage due to leprosy, a lonely teenage girl and a middle-aged man with a troubled past.

    In the hands of any lesser writer-director, this could have been a template ridden ride on histrionics…

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  • Kabir Singh

    Kabir Singh

    ★½

    Kabir Singh is a celebration of toxicity. A wet dream for all the bullies.
    Without delving deeper into its incoherent narrative, and leaving aside the misogynist part, the craft of Kabir Singh is as flawed as the character.
    It has so many pointless slow-mos that I wonder if they are competing with Appendix for what's more vestigial.
    The terrible editing and convenient switching between the theatrical element and realistic tone help to manufacture the romance.
    Unfortunately, the melodramatic development of the romance between Kabir and 'uski bandi' couldn't grow bigger than his anger.

  • The Disciple

    The Disciple

    ★★★★

    'The Disciple' raises the pertinent questions around incessant pursual of one's dream and dedicating the best time of life to bring it to the fruition just to realise the deeply buried truth within one-self about how good or bad s/he is. And somehow if you gather the courage to critically introspect yourself to learn you are not good at it then what you do with the truth? Do you still continue on the passage for the rest of life chasing…