Archive for the tag “Drama”



A film by Sebastián Lelio

Cast: Rachel WeiszRachel McAdamsAlessandro Nivola 

A woman from New York returns to her community for her father’s funeral. As son as she gets there it sparks her attraction to a childhood friend. Theirs passion ignites and they are going to question their sexuality and their faith.

Sebastián Lelio after his last film A fantastic woman directs his first english speaking film. The first scene is a Rabbi giving a sermon about free will. He speaks of angels, beasts, and Adam and Eve. He says that humans are “free to choose.”Then he drops dead. The scene is subtle and Lelio just put it out there, bang in your face. Based on Naomi Alderman’s novel is an old-fashioned drama. The rabbi who died was Rav Krushka (Anton Lesser), an important figure in the London Orthodox Jewish community. His daughter Ronit (Rachel Weisz), a New York-based photographer, who left years ago. When she returns home, she walks into the unchanged world of her childhood, looked at by relatives and former friends with curiosity and concern. She is has long free hair, smokes , and wears short leather skirts. However her father stated that he had no children. She has no idea that her best friend is married to her other best friend. Here the director does not reveal what happened in the past not all of it. You are going to figure it out by the performances of the other actors, their body language. The relationship is going to rekindle here but at what cost. Here the Orthodox Jewish community is bad guy here or is it not? The film doesn’t set out to judge or discriminate; it is an attempt to show how difficult it is to negotiate the borders between sexuality and faith in a structured society. It is not an easy thing to negotiate. That is why the cinematography is dark, sombre colours due to the theme of the film. This is a story about characters that are willing to change and evolve but also struggling with it. Here is a story where people are going to relate to it and debate after seeing the film.






A film by Scott Speer

Cast: Bella ThornePatrick SchwarzeneggerRob Riggle 

a 17 years old teenager is trying to live her life with XP disease (Xeroderma Pigmentosum) .

It looks like a lot like the film the boy in the bubble of John Travolta. However knowing that I knew how it was going to end and I was right. Here is a remake of the Japanese film of the same name and it is going to be appealing for teenagers big time. Second here is the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger  and Maria Shriver, Patrick who has the lead in his first film.


Xeroderma pigmentosum—a one-in-a-million skin ailment that makes exposure to the sun’s rays potentially deadly. So you put two young actors like Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger, and you have this love story that is going to take off with a bit of naturalism in it. Katie as the film begins explain her situation  in narration off the top. Katie’s widower dad Rob Riggle, (in a rare dramatic role) has taken every precaution to protect her from sunlight, from  tinted windows in the house and minivan.  We learn in an early conversation between him and Katie’s doctor that it’s actually a miracle she’s lived this long. Second-floor bedroom window, Katie has spied on her neighbor, Charlie (Schwarzenegger) , skateboarding down the street every day for as long as she can remember and it was love at first sight. On high school graduation night Kathie’s dad lets her go to the train station to play guitar and sing when Charlie appears out of no where. Soon after they are dating which she tries to keep her disease a secret and that is understandable. Here is Charlie the most popular guy in school who is on the swimming team which has a sensitive side. Katie is sheltered and has a sweet side, little did they know they are going to need each other in oder to make their dream come true and support each other to overcome their fears. Of course here Katie has a wisecracking best friend, which her character for not fully developed. I think here is the only flaw in the film. So if you are a teenager you are going to love this film, however if you are an adult maybe, maybe not. 




A film by Ari Aster

Cast: Toni ColletteMilly ShapiroGabriel Byrne 

When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter begins to unravel terrifying secrets about their ancestry.

Annie Graham, an artist and mother who’s coping with the death of her mother while trying to finish an exhibition of dioramas that describe her own family. Annie has a  daughter who is a little strange and a son who spends his time smoking pot with his friends. Annie has a husband who is nice named Steve who just wants the family to be happy and struggles to make peace. Annie tells her husband that she’s going off to the movies when she’s really attending a grief management circle. Peter smokes marijuana with his friends or along and Charlie  draws obsessively in a small notebook….

I can’t tell you more than that here if I reveal more it is going to spoil it for you guys. There are going to be different point of view of this film because it can go more than one way. It is a film that will make you think. The film has an intense family drama that will take you on an emotional journey. It is filled with damage people which they suffer concealed torment from sitting on their rage, and something bloody bizarre will happen mixed with arguments and breakdowns that are going to follow. There is shocking  physical violence in this film. Aster and the cast make you care about these disturbed people and fear will come into play as what they might do to each other. Tragic event can do strange thing to people as the manage it differently. It is going to be a wild ride. The ending could not be better then that. They are reinventing horror film here big time and I hope it continues. A  must see.





A film by Iram Haq

Cast: Maria MozhdahAdil HussainEkavali Khanna

Sixteen years old Nisha (Maria Mozhdah) is your typical teenager in Norway, she is sneaking out of her parent’s apartment coming back from partying with her friends where her father had no idea about it, until one night he finds her in her room with a boy and her destiny will change forever.

Here is this great biographical film from Haq. Nisha is always careful to return before her father’s regular night-time checks on his children. Nisha here so her family thinks is a good girl. But Nisha  lives a double life.  We are in Norway where there are a community of Pakistanis. Her father may be more liberal than her mother, but woman in this culture are told what to do and how they should conduct themselves. When the incident happens social services step in to protect the child and to have her version of the incident. But Nisha refuses. Her family is going to take some serious measures to sent her straight and will change her life for ever. The thing is what people will say that is what the Nisha’s parent cares about. She is born in Norway, she is a free woman to do what she wants and study and work plus marry who she wants. But the community of Pakistanis does not like what Nisha is doing (rebelling against her parents). In this community people talk and Nisha’s parents wants the rumours to stop so they are going to do what ever it takes and you will not believe it. 

Here is a powerful message with an emotional roller coaster type film that will make you think of what is going on in this world and why some culture can not seems to move forward. Tradition are tradition. Pakistan (The set of Pakistan was shoot in India, the director felt it was more safe to shoot in India and the film industry was much advanced in India), here is filmed at its rawest form, in the day time it is live and the street are full of people and the night is dark sometimes darker but not too many people on the street. Even thought this family is in Norway tradition from their country should be respected. That were they are wrong. Nisha is born in a free country to which she can go out with whom she pleases even party with her friends but because her family is so stuck on tradition and what will people say in their little community of Pakistanis. So they force her to become what she does not want to become. Here is a story that needed to be told and my hats go out to the director Iram Haq for surviving it and telling it as honestly as she could.







A film by Terry Gilliam

Cast: Adam DriverJonathan PryceStellan Skarsgård

Toby (Adam Driver) who is a commercial director who shoot a vodka commercial that utilises the figure of Don Quixote . One night, he finds someone selling a bootleg DVD of his thesis film from ten years ago, itself a Quixote adaptation he shot with some friends and nonprofessional actors at a local village. To get inspired he tries to reconnect with the past by going to the village where he shot his thesis film and may the adventure begin…..

Orson Welles has tried to make this film but the director has died before he could finish it and it took 30 years by the way. Here Gillian tries to make his own film which took 30 years or so in the making, he had truly had a hard time to get the project done. I kind of love it feeling what the hell was this made a lot sooner. Here Toby embarks in the village hoping to reconnect with his youth. He finds that some of the non professional actors that was in his film some had great luck others not. But soon after that he meets the man who played Don Quixote the aging shoemaker Jonathan Pryce who thinks he is Don Quixote. Toby will embark then is this strange adventure in the wild west of Spain. Here you are going to feel lost in the film but Gillian wants you to be. The energy of Gillian here is infectious. The plot is not linear it is going to be going every which way. Not too worry you are going to have a good time. It is presented like a kaleidoscope fable. What I like about it it is going to go in a loop. You’ll know what I mean when you see the film. Here is one for you the actor Jonathan Pryce after the film was done was suppose to go to Cannes but he suddenly had a stroke. Some say it is a curse. Maybe maybe not.




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cannes un certain regard 2017

A film by Vanessa Filho

Cast: Marion CotillardAyline Aksoy-EtaixAlban Lenoir 


English: Angel face

Gueule d’Ange begins at a wedding and very quickly is going to smell like bad fish. Marlène (Marion Cotillard), a young mother of little Elli (Ayline Aksoy-Etaix), nicknamed Gueule d’Ange , puts make up on in the bathroom with her best friend. Very quickly you beginning who is really Marlène this alcoholic mother who wants to party her  life away but for the fourth time is trying to get married and make a go of it this time. A few hours later, she is already cheating on her new husband having sex with an other guy half way drunk in the kitchen. Here is a mother that is neglecting her child is trying to do good but partying and drinking is her priority. But when she meet a man at a club she decided to leave her daughter home along for days.


Here is the first film of Vanessa Filho is the idea of a jump off the cliff and the loneliness surrounding little Elle, will try clumsily to fill it by drawing from all possible situations a symbolic vision supposed to illustrate the fate of the neo-orphan. And that is why she choose to be the mermaid in the play at school because she sees herself drowning in the bottom of the ocean. She starts to drink and imitate her mother, putting on her clothe waiting for her mother who does not seems to come back. Then goes into where Elli meets this man and tries to call for help. Now if you like melodrama see this film. This film here a raw beauty behind it. Ayline Aksoy-Etaix has this raw and pure acting that comes out of her. And she has done very well for her first film. However as always Marion does an excellent job here in this emotional role of this mother who is selfish and is drowning into alcohol while partying with her best friend. A mother who is going to neglect her daughter and where the daughter is going to hold on to her mother and her demons creating demons of her own. Not too bad for a first film here from the director but not the great film that it is supposed to be.



EN GUERRE (2018)

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A film by Stéphane Brizé

Cast: Vincent Lindon, Mélanie Rover, Jacques Borderie

English title: At war

In spite of heavy financial sacrifices on the part of the employees and a record profit of their company, the management of the factory Perrin industries nevertheless decides the total closure of the site. Agreement scorned, promises not respected, the 1100 employees, led by their spokesman Laurent Amedeo (Vincent Lindon), refuse this brutal decision and will try everything to save their jobs.

Magnificent fiction that feels like a documentary, La loi du Marché  appears today as the first film of a fierce social diptych where Stéphane Brizé and Vincent Lindon, director and committed actor, set themselves against the world of large companies, destined to grind its production in the ultimate quest for profit. From another angle, the trade union struggle, En Guerre shows the fight, that feels like a documentary, especially in the texture of the image, the choice of the camera on the shoulder, and the impressive game of amateur actors who live the fight. It feels like the fiction is real with the tv channels who report the news. This film will talk to people who has lived it. Here in France there are at least 115 strike a years we have one here now with the train company SNCF. Here the employees are pissed and strike to halt production. They demand to talk to the CEO. Yes it is like that in France I have seen it many times so the film feels like it is real at times due to the fact that there are few professional actors,  the others are amateur actors and everybody here has done a formidable job. Is the film inappropriate? On the contrary, does it fall to the point where the social struggle has never been so tense during the first year as President of Emmanuel Macron? Is it the confession of a lost cause?


En guerre is above all a complex film, behind a simplicity of feigned point of view. You see the fight with the mediators even between employees who are fed up with all this. Sometimes it goes on for months. Not a pretty thing here but a script well written again from the director Stéphane Brizé. A different view of the social struggle here without repeating himself. And yes it is presented at the Cannes film Festival.



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A film by Asghar Farhadi

Cast: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Jaime Lorente

Carolina (Penélope Cruz) and her Argentinean  husband with their children comes back to her hometown Madrid for a wedding. During the wedding unexpected events takes place that will reveal secrets to the open.

This film is the open film at the Cannes Film Festival, ok then good move but….. Here is the most looked at director who is the most creative of them all, with the Separation his masterpiece, and the client where he shines now he does a film in Madrid and it fall apart. As soon as the film started a quarter of it into it I knew where this was going and who did it and i do hate that from the most creative director. He needs to get back on the horse soon.The disappointment of his latest opus must take into account that Farhadi had never made any mistakes so far, until now.  Let’s first dispel any misunderstanding: the transposition in Spain of an initial material intended to be shot in Iran is not, a priori, a problem in itself. Farhadi had proved that he knew how to find his bearings in a shoot abroad, with actors of a language that is not his own.  Le Passé, made in France, allowed to find his style. However shot in Madrid everything falls apart. I am not saying that the film is not good it is watchable and it has a great cast with some great performances. Because of that Everybody Knows deserves the attention.


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A film by Andrew Haigh

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Steve Zahn, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Charley Plummer

Charley Thompson (Charley Plummer)  is fifteen years old and has learned to live alone with a fickle father. Just arrived in Oregon, the boy finds a job at a horse trainer and cares for Lean on Pete, a purveyor.

Here is a terrific film where the director fully developed the characters and leaves you at the end wanting more. There are no concept of hiding twist here it is real as it gets. However the film is a different kind of road movie. You are going  to feel what our protagonist feels. Along the way on his journey you will meet Del (Steve Buscemi) the horse trainer, Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) , a homeless alcoholic, Amy Seimetz who plays the girlfriend of his dad and several others that he will meet along the way. Charley is going to become attach to the horse and find himself in this dilemma where he sees one way to go. As the film builds its momentum charley’s situation is about to become more desperate but his persistence will maintain him to stay alive and he will become a bit resourceful. The dialogue here  is more with charley where he talks to his horse to tell him where he comes from which also he won’t feel so along at times. It’s really the story of someone falling into a dangerous situation because he acts with his heart. It fells real and you want him to succeed. However the cinematography is beautiful, raw and brutal. The director here has a remarkable trust in his actors and vice versa. A must see. 





A film by Lars Kraume

Cast: Jonas Dassler, Judith Engel, Tom Gramenz

East Germany, 1956. Kurt, Theo and Lena are 18 years old and preparing to graduate from high school. With their comrades, they decide to do a minute of silence in class, in tribute to the Hungarian revolutionaries harshly repressed by the Soviet army. This minute of silence becomes a state affair. She will rock their lives. Faced with an East German government determined to identify and punish those responsible, the 19 students of Stalinstadt will face all threats and remain in solidarity.

Based on a true story back in 1956 a bunch of student listening to the illegal radio on the east german (4 years before the wall) about the Hungarians who wants the Russians out of their country are starting a revolution. One of the classmate decided to have a minutes of silence in class in honour of the Hungarians. And may the investigation begins, yes the school decided to see who started this.  The school is going to play dirty and secrets will surface. The film is plunging into the cold war that some people didn’t know about. It is a hard decision toward the end that the students took and thank god they took it. It is also about sacrifices and what is best for their kids. Education however is important. The costumes and the set design ere beautiful, it is like you were there. It is an ensemble cast and they are so perfect for each other. A  Brilliant successful stroke of action for this captivating evocation of East Germany where high school students discover the notion of treason, submission and rebellion.



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