Moroccan movie “Marock” (2006), directed by Laila Marrakchi and starring Morjana Alaoui and Matthieu Boujenah among others.
The movie deals with the controversial topic of romance between a Jewish boy and a Muslim girl in upper class Casablanca. There is a simmering tension in the air and these kids are rich college kids out to have some fun and love.
Rita (Morjana Alaoui) and Yourri (Matthieu Boujenah) are besotted with each other. Both their parents are rich with one family observing Ramadan. There is not much of a story line apart from the romance. The ending is tragic though with some hope for the future.
Brilliant award winning Malayalam movie “Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal” starring Mohanlal, Shari, Thilakan among others.
Its a story set in Mysore where Solomon (Mohanlal) comes to visit his mother from his farm in Kerala. On one such visit he finds a couple of girls in the neighbourhood. His interest piqued, he finds out about Sofia (Shari in a brilliant role) and falls for her.
The more he knows about her, being an illegal child of an unwed mother with a rogue for a step father Paul Palliokaran (Thilakan in an absolutely menacing and brilliant acting). Things happen between them, heats up, the rogue rapes his own step daughter. Rogue does not want his step daughter to marry this guy, as he has already agreed to a proposal from somebody else and taken their advantage.
Things come to an end with Mohanlal managing to squirt her away despite the rogue’s obstinacy, her other family members are happy and so are the Mohanlal family members.
Director Padmarajan has kept a tight script (his own script) and it got some award for cinematography as well. Shari of course deservedly won a couple of best acting awards as well. She was too good in the movie. Mohanlal as usual is quite believable in his role. IMDB 6/10
A 1988 movie directed by Nicolas Klotz and starring Shabana Azmi, Hugh Grant, Supriya Pathak, Soumitra Chatterjee among others. The story is set in the 1930s Calcutta, when Alan (Hugh Grant) is an engineer working on some projects in Calcutta. His boss is Sen (Soumitra Chatterjee). The earlier part of the film shows Alan with his friends one of whom is Gutrie (Anna Brochet) who is apparently smitten by Alan or otherwise we don’t know. Alan is then hospitalised so he is called upon to stay in his boss house where he meets Gayatri (Supriya Pathak) and her mother (Shabana Azmi). They live in a huge rambling house with high ceilings, library, stairs, terraces etc. Slowly Alan and Gayatri fall in love, Gayatri alarmed at such thing happening because of the cultural difference and Alan nonchalance about it. The latter part of the movie is taken up with the tragic consequences of their love affair.
Hugh Grant has given an absolutely marvelous performance as someone who slowly falls in love, bewildered at first, but bolder later. Ditto for Supriya – a beautiful controlled performance as somebody who is trapped in the cultural and familial boundaries of that era. The music by Brij Narayan is beautiful and haunting. Shabana does not have a major role nor has Soumitra Chatterjee. The ending is quite poignant. The print which i saw on youtube is not very good.
This is based on a 1933 Romanian novel Bengal Nights, written by Mircea Elade and it is supposedly his true story.
Very deep and poignant French romantic movie (2012) directed by Michael Haneke about love and affection of two octogenarians towards each other. Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are both retired music teachers living alone in Paris. They attend a concert by one of their pupils and return home. The next day morning at breakfast Anne just freezes for a few minutes. Georges notices it and is alarmed and about to get help when she responds. Then medical check up follows and Anne becomes paralysed on one side. Georges takes care of Anne, while all the while Anne starts slowly deteriorating. He employs nurse to take care of her on three days a week, but rest of the time he is the one who feeds her, bathes her, combs her hair, reads out to her. Then Anne gets a second stroke and her speech becomes slurred. The progressive deterioration in Anne’s condition is beautifully shown and magnificently acted by Emmanuelle. Their daughter who stays in London with her husband comes in twice or thrice concerned that modern medicine has no cure for this illness. They themselves are struggling with their finances back home. The love and affection for Anne by Georges is brilliantly portrayed and superb acting by Jean-Louis Trintignant.
Reminded me of my late father who progressively deteriorated until he could do nothing by himself and had to helped for every small thing like a child. His speech also slurred towards the end.
Brilliant movie and rightly judged as best foreign picture at the Oscars of 2012.
Picture taken from internet and not with a view to violating copyright.