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

Diamantino (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – The Most Unique Cinematic Experience Of The Year

When a movie begins by telling us that what we are about to see is a work of fiction, bearing only a coincidental resemblance to any real-life “people, places, products or giant puppies”, we should expect it to be a different experience than usual. Diamantino indeed turned out to be Continue Reading

The White Balloon (1995) Review ― A Uniquely Structured Neorealist Drama

Jafar Panahi’s debut feature about a little girl’s quest to buy a goldfish becomes a vivid study of the little things and emotions, often neglected and forgotten in the hustle and bustle of daily routine, that constitute everyday life. With a screenplay written by another legend of Iranian cinema, Abbas Continue Reading

La Religieuse (The Nun) [2013] Review — A Colourful Tale of Religious Coercion

La Religieuse (The Nun) is a moving portrait of the cloistered life nuns lead at convents and the horrors they house by forcing regressive religious practices onto people who have no interest in them. Based on Denis Diderot’s posthumously published novel of the same name, this adaptation by Guillaume Nicloux includes Continue Reading

Clair Obscur (2016) Review — An Acting Tour de Force

Clair Obscur is a sensual portrait of two women who are deprived of their right to discover themselves and to love and be loved in a relationship of their choosing, in a country torn between modernity and tradition. Yesim Ustaoglu’s visual mastery can be glimpsed at the very beginning of Continue Reading