Thursday, July 30, 2015

Stations of the Cross (2014) Germany

Religious and children, is sometime uncool.





Genre:
Drama.


Original title:
Kreuzweg (German)


What's in:
All about on-topic, Very less off-topic, No spoilers, Dialogues.


Length:
Approximately 7-minute read.


Review:
     It was surprisingly an amazing movie. Related to the religious thing, but science had a fair amount of display in the narration. You don't have to be religious to watch this film. You know I enjoyed the movie as a subject that portrayed in a conflict manner. In the end, whatever happen or wins are the best conclusion for a cinematic story. The contents are supposed to be the path the human walked through the past 2000 years, not on the interest to raise the issue. The film was clear on the matter, that is how the movie had the upper hand to receive respect everywhere.

     The story was told in the multiple episodes. The story deals on the basis of the each episode's title that I can clearly say it had something to do with the Christian faith/bible. Because it follows the same order. Since I don't belong to any, it became a study material. From the introduction to the conclusion, it was well maintained pace, that is slow. But in the middle, I was almost drifted away from my concentration. Somehow managed to hold back my position like I always do and finished watching it by liking it very much.

     You can take the movie and its contents in many angles. It is up to you, but either way the movie succeeds in balancing and revealing the facts. Leaves you make your own verdict, because you know what's right and wrong being a human to believe in religion or in science, which both were the creation of ours. Sometimes these both do not require to understand life, just like the animals which survived alongside us for very long without civilization revolution, religious faith and proper law and order. The point is the one who understands the life and those who don't bother about knowing it, lives better than being confused between the line and seeks the shelter of religious.

     An easiest camera work for the cinematographer. All he has to do was to place the lens in a right position and that's it, the rest would be monitored on the television screen where the director seated, I believe. Because there is no camera panning except in a couple of places, other than that it was motionless and the characters appears in the front to perform. The cast has to memorise the lines of those scenes that covers up to non-stop 10 minutes.

 My religion has put a ban on
running in circles in a gym.

     More like a stage play where setting for one frame (view) is always there and keeps changing for each scene with the different backgrounds what the script demands. My initial thought was, it might have been based on the play, but I still don't know the answer to that. Probably not, because it won an award for the script at the Berlin film festival. Yep, I loved the presentation, it was so cool and beautiful.

     From this what I have learnt was the involvement of minors in the religious ceremony is kind of inhumane. It's okay to teach them, but some rituals and sacrifice are way beyond acceptable. Those innocent minds have no experience of the difficulty of life, they're yet to explore it. Being poor or someone in the family is very ill should not be the reason to force them to take part. It is the great issue in all the religion. I think physically and mentally affecting take part in the religious ceremony must not be allowed for the underage.

     I had mild doubt over opting it to view in the earlier, but went for it to refresh from my regular kind of cinema and it did not fail to have my full attention, well I managed, did not I? I am happy I tried to have a different cinema, in fact the filmmakers given the distinct one, so I appreciate them. In the todays world, young film fanatics are addicted to either Hollywood/British or Korean films, but there are plenty of hidden gems in front of us that they're neglecting to have a glimpse. I would recommend this for the adults, they need to watch this more than children and young adults.



Similar movies:
Ida, The Nun's Story, Zen, Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring, Milarepa.


Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All


Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Force Majeure (2014) Sweden

Family defines unity, in whatever circumstances.





Genre:
Comedy, Drama.


Original title:
Turist (Swedish)


What's in:
On-topic, Off-topic, Spoilers, Dialogues, Character and story discussion.


Length:
Approximately 4-minute read.


Review:
     A Swedish dark comedy film, about a family and their vacation on the French Alps. It is not my favourite flick, but liked it a lot because of the refreshing theme. A satisfiable storytelling with the beautiful visuals of white planet.

     It does not feel like a dark comedy, I had some good laughs, I mean the louder ones. I was surprised how cleverly the phases changed in the narration. Starts off like a normal family on the trip, but slowly reveals their hidden natures of the individuals.

     Sometimes, vacations are not to relax, it will change the course of your life. What we do, how we behave and presence of mind are the key factors. Being a member of a family requires extra alter, especially if you are a man of the family.

     It was just a brief story that was divided into five episodes and each covers one whole day event of the family that spends. Each day was different than the others. All the good, the bad and the weird days sliced into the happy, emotional and embarrassing incidents of the day.

     Most of the story is a debate over the matter that happened in the earlier part. How a happy middle class family affected and progressing to be a dysfunctional was told in the later parts.

     The scenes take place either in the resort or in the skiing expedition. A couple of other characters join the family and makes much more interesting developments. There were some unwanted scenes, but it quite gives the vacation atmosphere.

 I spent 2 years in therapy & it didn't do a damn thing.
Then I screamed for 5 mins & felt a hell of a lot better.

     Whenever I thought it almost concluded, the new twists approached. The last quarter makes this film special for giving an unexpected decent solution. But all the laugh riot is in the opening half.

     I will be happy if the family returns for a sequel that set somewhere on the other continent. Not without the character Mats, because I liked that role. Better to say the red-beard-man inside that character was awesome. It was a small appearance, but so good.

     After seeing this film, I think, definitely men would be cautious for the similar kind of situation in their lives. It is a lesson to learn without being in the actual scene. Enjoyable flick, and again not for everyone due to the sluggish pace.



Similar movies:
Little Miss Sunshine, Alexander and the Terrible....., The Royal Tenenbaum, City Island.


Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All


Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent


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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Traces of Sandalwood (2014) Spain

A tale of two sisters.





Genre:
Drama.


Original title:
Rastres de Sàndal (Catalan)


What's in:
On-topic, Off-topic, Spoilers, Dialogues.


Length:
Approximately 4-minute read.


Review:
     When two nations and it's two different culture meets. Well, I have been waiting for this movie since not so long. It's sad that it was released only in the domestic circuit, but international market would have popularised it. Usually audience welcome this kind multi-cultural themes. I would say poor promotions for such a wonderful movie. It's not a celebratable film, very artistic with the slight touch of Bollywood. The film was based on the book of the same name which deals with the contents on the basis of facts, mostly, about rural India to the first world.

     It talks about how quickly the life changes. Whether it is good or bad, easy or hard, decisions have to be taken in some tight circumstances. So when you reach a certain point of your life and you look back, you would realise those turning points pulled you to this current life. This film about two sisters who forced to separate at an early stage of life, later who grown up in the different world reveals how they take the truth.

     The story was short, which suits perfectly to be a short film. But this film managed to run long as the 90 minutes. The stretch was the only issue in this narration, because kind of teases being close to the conclusion but it does not. The topic was powerful, so all the lag are exploited to demonstrate the character bahaviours. More like discovering yourself, your past and your origin and all.

 What is painful is to wake up every single day
not knowing if she's okay.

     It was the ideal cast, I liked each and every character, well classified. But all the focus was on the two sisters and a slightly lets in the romance track as more like a subplot or to fill the void that much needed to stretch the story briefing. The story had a strong initiation and its ends with the same intensity. In the middle, it leaps too long ahead, leaving those journeys in the life that one must go through till to set free him/herself. That means to be an adult, so that you can determine your path.

     The film's goal is to signify the two sister's stories together as much as possible, not individually. In some part of the movie, emotionally appeals. The end was good, though disappoints from the other side of the family. The solution was either way, but curiosity arises what might happen after the end. The scientists are looking for who we're and where did we come from, but many among us have their own identity crises. This kind of identity research films feels so good to watch. I recommend it for everyone, but remember you can't be me and you can't feel it as I did.



Similar movies:
October Baby, Philomena, Rebirth (2011), Lullaby (2010) Ida, Abducted: The Carlina White Story.


Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All


Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent


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Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Eichmann Show (2015) Britain

Behind story of the historical event's TV documentation.





Genre:
Drama, TV Movie.


What's in:
On-topic, Off-topic, Spoilers, Dialogues.


Length:
Approximately 3-minute read.


Review:
     This BBC film was based on the actual event that took place in the early 60s,  Jerusalem. About televising the trial from a courtroom, which was the first ever documentary series to broadcast. One of a top Nazi officer, Adolf Eichmann, who fled during the end of world war two and settled down in the South America, but brought back with the help of Mossad to Israel to face the war crime charges. The movie won't demonstrate all those in the picture, but it begins with the television production house preparing to shoot the important television event in the history. So the show begins, but a boring first half and the next half is where all the interesting stuffs happen.

     In my prediction this movie with the powerful contents would have easily beaten the 'The Imitation Game', if it was produced grandly and commercialised a bit of narration for the worldwide market. The real video clips of the trial were merged into the movie and that gave a strong effect which allows to realise how those actual occurrences has taken place. Actually, there are some uncensored cuts, which were shocking and disturbing. So pretty much like a semi-documentary, but due to the majority of movie clips that shot with actors and in the sets, it feels like a TV movie as it should be.

 While he watches the footage, we'll be watching him.
Only then will we see the real Eichmann.

     The performances were ordinary, because the screenplay preferred the main event to display, not the characters and their lifestyle. That makes it is not a biographical picture, though both the lead men were pretty impressive. We had seen many world war 2 and related to it movies, but this one was a different. Because of the story was set 15 years after the end of war. Simple movie, no twists, no developments, but reveals the facts from a different dimension. Because of this show, people around the world and filmmakers understood the cruelty of the Nazi prison camp. The movies those came afterwards about this war were inspired by the events that discussed in the courtroom. So if you are planning for this, expect it to be as what the title says, not a bit more or less.



Similar movies:
The Imitation Game, The Railway Man, Frost/Nixon, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.


Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All


Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent


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