Moviethons have become a way of life since I moved to Kuwait because Films became a big passion for me 6-7 years back plus having loads of free time here! I have had many such Weekend Moviethons ranging from as few as 7 movies to as high as 16 movies in the past! My wife as always has been a perfect partner-in-rhyme during these sessions!
This weekend moviethon was a real special one as I watched 7 movies of 7 different languages & countries! I did a similar moviethon in July 2013 too (Link given at the end of the post). It is always nice to get a different perspective from movies and what better way than to watch such diverse movies across countries, languages and genres!
These were my ratings for the 7 movies I watched –
The Time That Remains (3/5), R (4/5), Phoenix (4/5), Gour Hari Dastan (3.5/5), Straight Outta Compton (4/5), Man from Reno (4/5) and The Second Mother (4/5).
And following are my brief reviews. Please share your feedback or reviews (if you have watched any of these movies) in the comments section!
Gour Hari Dastaan – Hindi
This film based on a true story is about an ageing freedom fighter running from pillar to post, waging his own battle against bureaucratic red tape, trying to prove that he participated in the freedom struggle. Anant Mahadevan has managed a casting coup indeed with a line-up which includes Vinay Pathak, Konkona Sen, Ranvir Shorey in the lead roles plus Saurabh Shukla, Rajit Kapoor, Vikram Gokhale, Mohan Kapur, Murli Sharma, Achint Kaur and Vipin Sharma in short appearances! Vinay Pathak has once again does a nice job but he didn’t look realistic as a 70-year old though. Even then, the honesty of the story stands out apart from the performances and it was quite a realistic take on what ails our system.
The Time That Remains – Hebrew, Arabic & English
This one is a semi-biographical drama film written and directed by Palestinian director Elia Suleiman and gives an account of the creation of the Israeli state from 1948 to the present and portrait of Palestinians living as a minority in their own homeland! The movies follows a deadpan and absurd humour-filled route leading to empathy for what the Palestinians have suffered. The movie is surprisingly devoid of any tear-filled emotions and is a brilliant take about one of the most violent zones of the current times. Watch this to understand this on a completely different level!
The Second Mother – Portuguese
This one is a Brazilian drama film in Portugese language about a housemaid of a wealthy family iand portrays the tensions that arise after her daughter moves into the family’s house in order to apply for an admission exam. It is based on the director Anna Muylaert’s own experience with a nanny, who took care of her son after leaving her own daughter. Regina Casé has given a simply superb performance and carries the film on her shoulders. It is a hilarious and thought-provoking take about fragile relationships and human minds. The director has handled a seemingly easy and unconventional plot very capably and it is quite an entertaining movie. Do watch it folks.
R – Danish
This one is a Danish prison drama film and follows a prisoner R who lands in Denmark’s toughest prison serving a sentence for violent assault and how he has to involve himself in the illegal & murky drug trade in the prison to survive. It is directed by the acclaimed Danish director Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking & A War) who has done a fabulous job of portraying the harsh & dark prison life where blood flows freely and there are no rules to follow! It’s a brutal survival zone. The acting of the entire cast is very solid and Pilou Asbæk shines through plus Dulfi Al-Jabouri have done a superb job as well. They play Rune and Rashid, supposedly the reason behind the title of the movie! This is a must-watch for all prison-genre lovers.
Phoenix – German & English
This one is a German mystery-drama film about Nelly, a Jew & a former cabaret singer who was able to survive an Auschwitz concentration camp, decides to go back to her husband Johnny in Berlin, despite her reconstructed face after disfigurement due to a bullet wound, thus her husband is unable to recognize who she is. It is a very powerful & suspenseful film about confused identities and a subtle fight for love & belonging. The cinematography is dark and very effective adding to the brilliance of this film. The last scene was very subtle & understated and just blew me away! This is a definite must-watch for all WW2 Drama genre fans.
Straight Outta Compton – English
biographical drama film that chronicles the rise and fall of the Compton based hip hop group N.W.A. Among the film’s producers are Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E’s widow, Tomica Woods-Wright, with MC Ren and DJ Yella as creative consultants whose stories are portrayed in the film. It beautifully talks about the social, political and economical conditions in which the group came up. The characters are very well defined and the film is a perfect blend of gangster rap music, the street scene of the late 80s & early 90s plus how the group fell through. If you liked 8 Mile and Notorious, then this one is a definite must-watch! The film has also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Man from Reno – Japanese & English
This English & Japanese neo-noir movie tells the story of Aki, a young, best-selling Japanese writer of detective mysteries and how she collaborates with an old county sheriff to solve a baffling crime. The story yields the secret slowly but when it breaks out I was left shocked and that is the beauty of this film. It is a compelling and a well-acted mystery. Do give it a watch if you like the mystery-thriller genre.
Hope you would watch some of these movies; it would be nice to have a discussion about them!
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