The Halt (2019) Review – Minimalist Sci-Fi Meets Dark Dystopian Fantasy

The year is 2034 and the Philippines is completely shrouded by darkness. This isn’t any new unfamiliar malady for the country ― metaphorically speaking ― having been subject to nearly 400 years of colonial exploitation, only to be followed by tyrannical regimes of dictators like Ferdinand Marcos ravaging the people Continue Reading

Synonyms (2019) Review – An Idiosyncratic Portrayal of Identity Crisis

As engrossing as it is chaotic, as devastatingly tragic as it is hilariously witty, Nadav Lapid’s latest film Synonyms is a sharp and incisive portrayal of a man shedding his former skin and trying to don another from a foreign land of his fantasy, one that he struggles to comfortably Continue Reading

The Image Book (2018) – Godard Wages War On The Cinematic Image

“When a century slowly dissolves into the next century, some people transform means of survival into new means It’s the latter that we call art” ― JLG If the ‘image’ be considered the “means of survival”―survival of information, survival of culture, survival of the very memory of the human race―then Continue Reading

Soni (2018) Film Review — Gritty Police Procedural With A Feminist Core

In the midst of a large number of recent films dealing with women’s safety and equality issues, Soni feels like a rare breath of fresh air with its uncompromising honesty and maturity in its portrayal of both the victims and the perpetrators. Like its titular character, a young policewoman in Continue Reading

Jonaki (2018) ‘KIFF’ Review — A Kaleidoscopic Theatre Of Dreams

Crumbling walls. Broken stairwells. Damp floors covered with overgrowth and rot. Such is the haunting world of decaying memories which the 80-year-old Jonaki returns to in her sleep, perhaps searching for some sort of closure to her lifelong unfulfilled hopes, dreams, and desires. Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s astounding sophomore effort Jonaki Continue Reading

24th Kolkata International Film Festival 2018: 25 New Films To Watch

It is that time of the year again. The 24th Kolkata International Film Festival is about to begin and will be screening 171 feature films, 150 short films and documentaries from across 70 countries, spread across 16 venues between November 10 and November 17, 2018. 15 films will be competing Continue Reading

Namdev Bhau (2018) ‘MAMI’ Review – Breezy Road Movie Meets Dark Comedy

Namdev Bhau is a simple man. He lives in the city of Mumbai with his wife, daughter and a mildly-delusional uncle and works as a chauffeur. At the age of 65, all he craves from life anymore is some peace and quiet – something that’s increasingly difficult to find within Continue Reading

Tumbbad (2018) Review – A Haunting Parable of Greed And Divine Justice

“Bhoot nahi darate, insaan darate hai” (Ghosts don’t frighten us, humans do). Or so says Rahi Anil Barve, the director of Tumbbad, in an interview about the film. And by the time the film is over and the credits have started rolling, one would be more than inclined to agree. Continue Reading

Teen Aur Aadha (2018): ‘PIFF’ Review — Of Stories Untold And Secrets Unguarded

Teen Aur Aadha (Three and A Half) is a film that reinvents traditional narrative structures by presenting three tales from the perspective of the walls within which they take place. The way this was achieved was by filming the entire feature using only three long takes, which means that there Continue Reading

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) Review ― A Visceral Study of the Female Quotidian

Chantal Akerman’s magnum opus Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels is a deeply-involving, intimate portrait of 3 days in the life of a woman, Jeanne Dielman. Shot entirely with static camerawork, with unhurried editing, the film takes an intent look into the mundane ritualistic nature of daily life, as Continue Reading