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C.R.A.Z.Y.


Palestine | 2005

Synopsis

It is a love story between brothers and between brothers and their father. It delves into the odd and sometimes brutal relationship dynamics of male siblings and how this brutality and the love that lies underneath it all affect how they survive a tragedy that affects the whole family. It takes you through a family’s journey towards the truth and acceptance.

Why Watch It

It is rare for a movie to portray male to male relationship with so much sincerity that is enough to force viewers to cringe with familiarity. It is the one thing that C.R.A.Z.Y. did well. It courageously washed the movie from all the usual sugar coating deemed necessary by filmmakers. What is left is an honest portrayal of how men, however unflattering it may seem, generally deal with what they consider to be embarrassing emotions, hurtful truths and unspoken thoughts that creep their daily lives.

 

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Paradise Now

Palestine | 2005

Synopsis

It follows two childhood friends who have become suicide bombers. On the day they were supposed to carry out their mission, something happens that tested their faith in each other, faith in their belief and faith in the future. The movie explores how two men who have lived with nothing but a single objective can drown in confusion and doubts in a split second.

Why Watch It

This movie is one of the bravest I have ever seen.

What is, perhaps, the best trait of the film is its decision to not judge the characters and their belief. Instead, the whole movie is an attempt to make other people understand why Suicide Bombers choose the path they take and how their stern belief that killing others and themselves is no different from our strong belief in allowing people to live. It is a journey towards their minds and a humane exploration of how they see the world in the context of their own experience and wisdom.

 

 

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Tsotsi

South Africa | 2005

Synopsis

Tsotsi, a young thug, steals a car only to find a baby at the back seat. Stuck with an unwanted responsibility, he is forced to alter the way he lives his life to take the baby’s welfare into consideration. He struggles between his newfound morality and the familiarity of the slum life he has lived since birth.

Why Watch It

The film is far from defining South African film industry but it does a good job on depicting the everyday convention and prevailing culture of poverty. Yes, it is a tear jerker but it is the kind that will not make you feel guilty because it presents situational truths rather than the emotional angle of the events taking place.

 

 

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Nobody Knows

Japan | 2004

Synopsis

Based on a true story, the movie is about 4 half siblings, ages between 5 to 12, who were abandoned by their mother. The children are then forced to rely on each other to survive.  When a fatal tragedy struck the siblings, a concerned neighbour reported them to the Police leading to the discovery of their condition.

Why Watch It

It is a tragic reminder that the worst acts may be committed by those we least expect. The movie doesn’t follow the traditional “beat” of commercial movies. It doesn’t have twists that give birth to even more twists. It has a subdued feel , almost like a creative take on a documentary film. It also has taken some creative liberty that veered it away from the original story but it successfully told the story of the children’s emotions as they go about surviving the world they barely understand.

 

 

Must See Foreign Films

3 Idiots

India | 2009

Synopsis

Three roommates studying in a prestigious engineering university develop an unexpected bond. When one of them starts displaying an insane but highly logical way of learning and living his life, the other two willingly and happily start living their life using their friend’s principle. The result is their life turning upside down and their dreams getting lost right before they reach it.

Why Watch It

Yes, you can expect dancing and singing and it is beautifully made but the real wealth of the movie lies in how it was able to clearly express unconventional ideas and clearly relate it to the practicalities of everyday life. The result is the constant destruction of our belief in generally accepted  truths and deconstruction of social convention.

 

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The Celebration

Denmark  | 1998

Synopsis

Christian chooses his father’s 60th Birthday celebration to let everyone know that he and his now dead twin sister were abused by their father. The accusations, however, becomes blurry and muddled as other family members reveal other family secrets. Eventually, secrets, truths and fiction become so confusing making it almost impossible for anyone to know the truth.

Why Watch It

A film movement happened in Denmark in the late 90s. Young filmmakers started pushing for more “natural” settings and acting instead of favouring larger than life cinematography and production design. This film accurately represents what the movement stands for. There aren’t a lot of efforts put into the technicalities and basic production design principles. Wardrobe, for example, clashed or blended with the set. This lack of visual and technical grandness, however, didn’t affect the incredible fluidity of the story telling. It is gripping, puzzling and shocking. And yes, you will know the truth by the end of the film.

 

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Children of Heaven

Iran | 1997

Synopsis

The movie is all about a brother and a sister and the struggles they had to face as a consequence of losing their shoes.

Why Watch It

There are so many opportunities for the director and the writer to screw the movie up. They could have opted for the fool proof melodramatic route. They could have pounded the kids to misery because of their poverty and torture them till there is not a single once of hope to cling on to. The film didn’t do it that way. It opted for humour and eccentricities. It opted to get the audience’ involvement by highlighting the little weird things about our lives that could make life bearable if we only pay attention to them.

The result is a beautifully funny take on how kids learn how to deal with poverty and what we can learn from them.

 

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