Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Movie Reviews: Part 5

1.    A Passage to India
• This is a 1984 British/American drama film written and directed by David Lean. The screenplay is based on the 1924 novel of the same title by E.M. Forster and the 1960 play by Santha Rama Rau that was inspired by the novel.
• Amazing movie which takes out an incident from the times of the Britishers in India.
• The typical awkwardness between the native Indians and Britishers is well captured through incidents which bring them together or keep them away.
• Awesome performance by the Indian and British actors.
• A must see if you are from India.

2.    My beautiful Laundrette
•    My Beautiful Laundrette is a 1985 British comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears from a screenplay by Hanif Kureishi.
•    The movie tackles lot of issues like racism, homosexuality, hypocricy of Asian Communities and relationships between Asian and White communities

3.    Hairdressers Husband
•    A very nice French film (saw it reading the English Subtitles) about the fixation that the main character has with female hairdressers since his childhood.
•    The film uses flashbacks throughout and there are frequent parallels drawn with the past. Though Antoine tells Mathilde that 'the past is dead', his life is evidence that on some level the past repeats itself.
•     As a young boy he fantasised about a hairdresser who committed suicide and as a man in his 50s he begins an affair with a hairdresser which ends after ten years in her suicide. However there are differences, Mathilde commits suicide because she is so happy she is afraid of the happiness she has found with Antoine ending.
•    Antonie for some reason has a fixation to dance on some Arabic songs – which he does quiet funnily for 3-4 times in the movie, making u laugh like hell.
•    Would recommend this to anyone who would like to absorb a lot about what a normal life, people and surroundings  in France.

4.    Wendy and Lucy
•    The movie is about a young lady Wendy, who is broke with very little cash, has an old car and a dog called Lucy. She is set out to drive down from somewhere in Central USA to Alaska for a so called high paying summer job.
•    Along the way her car breaks down, she runs out of cash, is caught shop lifting and in the midst of this she loses her only possession in this world – Lucy.
•    With little money, the movie shows how she survives by sleeping inside her car, using the toilets attached to gas stations for having a quick wash. She also has no funds to fix her car.
•    She finally learns Lucy was taken to the local pound and adopted and decides that is better than anything she could offer the dog herself, so she gathers up her belongings and hops on a freight train headed north, leaving Lucy behind.
•    A nice movie on people who live on shoe string budgets, face hardships and at times find kind people who help them (like the guard in the movie, who is ok to share his cell phone with Wendy, when she is on the lookout for Lucy and also helps her with financial assistance)

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