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The Lighthouse

Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse is a tale of two lighthouse keepers stationed on a mysterious island in the 1890s, who grapple with their minds as well as the gloomy surroundings. Inspired by true events of the kind on an island in Wales, Eggers infused the story with mythical undertones and a sound design that fits […]

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Marianne and Juliane

The film Marianne and Julianne (1981) owing true to its name, follows the story of two sisters carrying the same name. Set in the 1960s and ’70s, it captures the life and history of Gudrun Ensslin, a member of The Red Army Faction who was found dead in her prison cell in Stammheim in 1977.  […]

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Ran

Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of the Shakespeare’s King Lear, Ran is an epic tale of tragedy, remorse and regret grounded in the dramatic lives of medieval Japanese nobility. It explores the very humane idea of a character flaw often leading to colossal, unintended and tragic consequences. The magnum opus revolves around a senile Japanese warlord Hidetori […]

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Winter Sleep

Set in a mountainous Turkish town, ‘’Winter Sleep’’ is a slow-paced drama that examines the significant and typical divide between the rich and the poor of the country. At the heart of the story, we have Aydin, a former actor and hotel owner who writes columns for a local daily, facing multiple crisis of the […]

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Ee.Ma.Yau

The story of ‘’Ee Ma Yau’’, aka ‘’R.I.P’’, begins in a coastal area of Kochi, where we meet Vavachan Mesthiri. He narrates the story of his father’s funeral. From here onwards, Poovankery Francis Mathew, the film’s screenwriter, spoon-feeds us the whole story from the weltanschauung of each character involving in the film. The journey is […]

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City of Women

City of Women perfectly fulfills Fellini’s desire to make films “sincere to the point of being indecent”-appearing to be an autobiographical account of Fellini’s libertine-like experience with women. “All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.” “Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole, it would be […]

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A Separation

Built in the backdrop of modern-day Iran, A Separation is a careful interjection into the constructed realities of two interconnected families that are bound by the convictions of their religious duties juxtaposed against their unvaried lives. Nader and Simin are introduced as a happily married couple who debate the possibility of moving abroad to secure […]

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Akaler Sandhane

Literally meaning ‘In search of a Famine’, Akaler Sandhane explores the hardships of Great Bengal Famine of 1943. Employing shades of Deja-vu like back- and-forth shooting sequences, it’s often referred to as a ‘film-within-a-film’, a metafilm. The plot of the movie revolves around a crew and a director who, in the process of documenting the […]

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Black Girl (1966)

One of the most influential Sub-Saharan films, Black Girl (1966) was Ousmane Sembene’s feature debut. Black Girl follows the life of a Sengalese girl Diouana who works for a French mistress as a babysitter to her children. Diouana moves to France to work for the mistress, with hopes of doing good in the big city. […]

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The French Connection (1971)

William Friedkin’s gritty police drama portrays two tough New York City cops trying to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. An interesting contrast is established between ‘Popeye’ Doyle, a short-tempered alcoholic bigot who is nevertheless a hard-working and dedicated police officer, and his nemesis Alain Charnier, a suave and urbane gentleman who is […]