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  • The Fiancés
  • There Was a Father
  • The Mouth Agape
  • India Song

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  • Far from Heaven

    ★★★

  • Stillwater

    ★★★

  • The French Dispatch

    ★★★

  • The Lost Daughter

    ★★★

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  • A Hero

    A Hero

    ★★★★½

    There will be the heroes who will want to maintain their reputation for goodness and then there will be the villains who will want to be named a hero just to gain acceptance into society. Finally there will be the rest who simply want to stay out of trouble and will be deeply suspicious of both the heroes and the villains.
    The pathetic situation of the shifty protagonist in Farhadi’s picture questions if there will ever be a door to acceptance into society once you are incarcerated as a villain.

  • Summer Hours

    Summer Hours

    ★★★★½

    Nothing is sacred and permanent except that which remains of practical use.
    Sentiments are better served when objects as well as relationships remain functional.
    Assayas has managed to distill this quite beautifully with his lovingly intimate images of a family and an unsentimental view of the death of its matriarch. 
    Life just like economics is difficult to predict except that it will continue to create and destroy new objects and memories.

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  • On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate

    On the Occasion of Remembering the Turning Gate

    ★★★★½

    On the face of it, this film has several of the standard Hong tropes. Some guy from the art film fraternity, hanging around in a strange town, developing messy romantic relationships with strangers, bonding over drinking and smoking etc. At the same time, this is perhaps one of the saddest of Hong's films. The act of turning away from your loved one may seem to appear as an act of cowardice or unromantic to say the least, but that practical…

  • A Passage to India

    A Passage to India

    ★★★★½

    While I was going through some of the previous reviews of this film, I noticed someone call it a "flawed masterpiece". I do not generally like to use this oxymoron to assess a film but this film definitely seems to fit into that category. There are so many things in this film that are flawed or might appear to lack imagination but then it does seem to get so many things right that it makes me think.

    The whole nature…