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También la lluvia

Icíar Bollaín

También la lluvia (Even The Rain) is the story of two different struggles by common people against imperialism — one by native Indians against Christopher Columbus’ forces in the 16th Century in the New World, and the other by contemporary Bolivians safeguarding their water from multi-national companies in 2000. In the first, people lose, and in the other, people win. Bollaín’s perfect direction and the cast’s flawless performance make this Spanish film a must-watch for those who believe in peoples’ power.

Dayereh

Jafar Panahi

Dayereh (The Circle) is a Persian film with a story woven around different women, mostly those who are on parole, have escaped or have been released from jail. In a novel way of storytelling, master filmmaker Panahi, captures human emotions without actually throwing the spotlight on them. The story speaks of the various forms of oppression faced by Iranian women. The movie begins with the opening of a small window in a door (in a hospital) calling out to the character Solmaz Gholami, and ends with the closing of a small window in a door (in prison) calling out the same name.

Invictus

Clint Eastwood

Reconciliation through rugby for Nelson Mandela, a sports/political book by John Carlin, an impeccable performance by Morgan Freeman as Madiba, and extraordinary direction by legendary director Clint Eastwood gave us a commendable film on a contemporary leader and his effort to unite the different races of his country. Morgan Freeman remarkably portrayed Nelson Mandela, especially in the scenes where he requests the members of the South African Sports Committee to support the Springboks.

Aaranya Kandam

Thiagarajan Kumararaja

Director Thiagarajan Kumararaja made an impressive debut with this Tamil neo-noir film. Besides the rawness in characters, dialogues and costumes, the background score added a spaghetti Western flavour to the film. Irrefutably Yuvan Shanar Raja is Kumararaja’s Ennio Morricone. The single-line dialogues through the film are worth mentioning for their punch.

Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi

Hayao Miyazaki

This Japanese film is 2D animation at its best. It is the story of a 10-year-old girl who tries to bring her parents back to their human forms after a witch cast a spell on them. The concept and the technique make the movie interesting for kids, and adults as well.

Those that almost made it:

Naalu Pennungal: Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Akahige: Akira Kurosawa

Rang-e Khoda: Majid Majidi

Salaam Bombay: Mira Nair

Pather Panchali: Satyajit Ray — Bengali, India

Iniyavan B.R. is a senior software engineer based in Chennai. Watching world cinema is his favourite past time.

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