Monthly Archives: April 2013

Haridas – Tamil

HaridasThere are times when you see a Hollywood movie an then sigh ‘When will they take a Tamil movie like this’. Well, here is one. For a change this movie sticks to the core story with no masala (just one exception).

Autistic child’s story with a police dad. The whole movie is underplayed and the acting is natural. This movie, in my opinion, is a welcome change from the traditional Tamil movie mold and a water mark movie. Acting kudos to Sneha, the child, the side kick to the dad and the dad.

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Farewell My Queen – French

Farewell My QueenEver wonder how aristocracy lived and functioned. Here is a comfortable window seat to watch the happenings in Versailles, with no less than Marie Antoinette  (Diane Kruger) reigning supreme.

July 1789. French revolution is knocking at the door and the last days of Marie Anotoinette as seen through the eyes of her loyal book reader the young  Sidonie Laborde (Léa Seydoux) is the core of the movie.  Through in the Queen’s  ‘special relationship’ with the Duchess of Polignac (Virginie Ledoyen) you have a riveting movie which winds the the clock back and takes you to an era of grandeur.

Brilliantly directed by Benoît Jacquot, the movie captures the pomp, opulence, lavishness, and inner working of the palace.  Like many French movies, this one grips you by the scruff and keeps you engaged and entertained. The costumes, the sets and the cinematography creates a magnificent visual treat, You forget you are watching a movie and are transported to a real life drama unfolding in front of your eyes. Sheer magic. I enjoyed watching the movie thoroughly and wanted it not to finish when it did.

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Léa Seydoux  delivers a lively performance and joins my list of favorite French actresses. Simple, elegant and chic.

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Kumki – Tamil

KumkiKumki is the (generic) name given to trained elephants used to ward of rogue elephants in hilly areas in Tamil Nadu.

Story is about Bomman (Sivaji’s grand son) his elephant, and tribal girl Alli. Simple story set in breath taking land scape. Cinematography is splendid and spectacular. I found the movie a bit mediocre and nothing special. Will surely appeal to younger audience.

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I have to buy you new shoes – Japanese

I have to buy“Romance in Paris or falling in love in Paris is not new. At least it happens often in movies. This time it is the Japanese movie ‘I have to buy new shoes (新しい靴を買わなくちゃ).

Freelance photographer visiting Paris (Boy) and a writer in Paris (Girl) meet after the girl breaks her heels. Their romance blossoms in the next three days around beautiful sites in Paris.

Soft and gentle romance with Paris as the back drop. After all the jumping and dancing of Bollywood, if you want to watch romance portrayed simply and beautifully, worth watching.

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