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

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

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

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

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

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

The Third Wife (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review – A mix of visual poetry with social commentary in this gorgeous debut

Ash Mayfair’s feminist film The Third Wife is most definitely going to evoke feels of Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden throughout due to how tonally similar the films are. The majestic cinematography of both the films along with the concept of exploring female sexuality also evokes similar feelings. That being said, Mayfair makes 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

Touch Me Not (2018) ‘TIFF’ Review — On A Transformative Quest For Intimacy

One of the characters in Touch Me Not, a certain quadriplegic Christian Bayerlein, remarks how he used to feel “like a brain being carried around without any body”. That was until he discovered the pleasures of sexuality. Even with his disability, he believes that his body is a gift and Continue Reading