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  • Miss and the Doctors

    Miss and the Doctors

    ★★★★½

    One of those films that make you wish you could inhabit some of the places on screen or could have simply known some of the characters ala Ozu.

  • The Quince Tree Sun

    The Quince Tree Sun

    ★★★★½

    "I too work with intensity. Time is precious. I work non stop now" - Enrique, the painter.

    Erice reflects on the vanity of much of human endeavor, especially that of the artistic nature. In this film, the masons and the artist begin their work around the same time. While the masons will finish their task and leave, the artist's painting never gets finished. Somehow this film reminds me of an oft quoted philosophy from the Bhagvad Geeta: "To work is…

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  • Humanity and Paper Balloons

    Humanity and Paper Balloons

    Poetry is a dying art form mainly because good poetry generally made people think and interpret unlike the vulgar and crass, in-your-face forms of expression that people are being fed upon today. Humanity and Paper Balloons is not just a movie but rather its poetry in cinematic form.
    The movie leaves a lot of food for thought for the viewer; so much so that I was glaring at the blank screen for several minutes after this movie ended. The part…

  • Doomed Love

    Doomed Love

    ★★★★★

    The novel as a living and breathing organism. Doomed Love appears to be the culmination of the quest for the greatest adaptation of a novel on film. This is perhaps the only film that manages to accentuate the text without sacrificing the intangible emotions behind it. It makes use of cinematic techniques that are nothing short of genius. No mean task considering how many film makers tried but just fell short, including Oliveira himself.