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Day 2 : Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2016

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18th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with STAR 2016

After the Storm (Hirokazu Koreeda)

After the storm

Koreeda’s After the Storm is as beautiful and as emotionally touching as all his films. The characters are broken people trying to keep it intact while trying to stitch whatever can be mended. The beauty again lies in how well Koreeda knows his characters and make them lovable. Also, this is probably his funniest film till date.

****

Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves (Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie)

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Art, in its purest form, must be radical. What happens when entire civilization crumbles? In this grandiose collapse, everything that ever existed disintegrates and leaves behind an unvoiced poetry that devours its own words. This raging docu-drama is about four youngsters from Quebec whose destructive acts to achieve the ideal world eventually lead to self-destruction.  There are films that entertain, there are films that enlighten, and then, there are films that assault. ‘Those who make revolution’ is devastating and demanding, but those who dare to watch this movie and doesn’t leave it halfway will celebrate this unique experience even in their grave.

****1/2

The SalesMan (Asghar Farhadi)

The Salesman

Asghar Farhadi’s latest film ‘The Salesman’ is an emotionally draining film having layered domestic intrigue like his past films. A Tehran couple is traumatized by emotionally wrecking incident that changes the dynamics between the couple and people attached to them. He crafts out some of the poignant moments out of nothing and builds the film slowly to a devastating third act that will give no room to move an inch away. Farhadi is a gifted screenplay writer and ‘The Salesman’ is an another testament for it. Though not his best work, nor the film is as good as his magnum opus ‘A Separation’, The Salesman is one of the finest dramas you will this year.

****

Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov)

Dziga-Vertov

With Live Orchestra by Vitaliy Tkachuck Quartet.

Watching this film with live music was something I have never experience before. As the musicians played their tunes to sexy Jazz, the images made more sense than I could have possibly imagined.

*****

Autohead (Rohit Mittal)

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Rohit Mittal’s Autohead is about a psychotic rickshaw driver. While the character study and the critic on film-makers with a mockumentary format seem all pleasing, the film, on the contrary, tries to be smarter than it is. At some point, all the b-grade movies and Taxi Driver references feel stale and seem to go nowhere.

**1/2

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