Bhonsle (2018): Manoj Bajpayee’s Tour de Force as the Lone Marathi Wolf

Manoj Bajpayee is Ganpat Bhonsle, a sixty-year-old man with thick-rimmed glasses, a thick salt-and-pepper moustache, dressed perpetually in white clothes, sometimes stained. Bhonsle is a man of few words and with an ever-pensive look. He lives in a dinghy tenement and is flanked by neighbours whose cultural identities are not homogenous…

Meal (2018): A Dysfunctional Family on the Verge of Devouring Itself

The personal merges with the political and comes to a boil in Abhiroop Basu’s searing short film Meal. Featuring veteran actors Adil Hussain (Life of Pi, Lootera) and Ratnabali Bhattacharjee (Jonaki, Bombay Talkies) as a married couple engaged in a wordless domestic duel, the film becomes a potent look at Continue Reading

Roma (2018) Review – A film that makes you fall short of adjectives

Alfonso Cuaron faced many a hurdle in the process of making Roma. From no studio taking the risk of funding a Mexican black and white movie to his friend and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki being unavailable to shoot the film, he faced his fair share of difficulties. But Roma is not Continue Reading

Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) ‘MAMI’ Review – A Horrific Story Of Shame For Australia

In one very heart-wrenching scene of Gabrielle Brady’s Island of the Hungry Ghosts, one of the refugees says “I think Hell is not just fire. Hell is somewhere you see suffering, you see your families suffering, you see your friends suffering. You can’t do anything”. It is this hell that Continue Reading

Los Silencios (2018) ‘TIFF’ review – A Supernatural Meditation through the Arms of Tragedy

Somewhere around the first quarter of Los Silencios, our protagonist Amparo finds herself inside a fishery looking for a job. Her potential boss tells her about different kinds of fishes. One particular fish, The Catfish, is mentioned to be relatively easy to catch but requires one to be fast in Continue Reading

Hotel By The River (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – A Delicately Told Family Drama

In his latest creative venture Hotel By The River, renowned Korean director Hong Sang-Soo presents us with a simple and endearing slice-of-life that is stylistically one among his more austere works to date. Primarily set in and around a riverside hotel, it juxtaposes an awkward family meeting between a poet Continue Reading

Summer Survivors (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – A Road Trip through the Various Facets of Mental Illness

Mental health is something rarely discussed well in cinema. Yes, there exists a lot of examples of mental illness and its effects shown in media, but very few of them manage to clearly encapsulate the trauma and pain of a patient dealing with such experiences. As a person who himself suffers 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

Too Late to Die Young (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – An exhilaring and bold coming of age film

Dominga Sotomayor’s Too Late to Die Young shows us, more than anything, how difficult it really is to make that massive shift mentally in our teens while we are growing up. It explores the lives of a few teenagers and children and along with that also explores their psyche, trying Continue Reading

Phoenix (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review — A Powerful and Moody Coming-of-Age Drama

Phoenix is a decidedly dark and mature examination of the psyche of a teenage girl, who is forced to grow up too quickly in order to keep her family together. In the process of dealing with a mentally unstable mother and a father who’s never around, the 14-year-old Jill Vogler Continue Reading