Alejandro, a resourceful street orphan on the verge of adolescence, lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his sixteen-year-old sister.
Uplifting and intimate look at the last days of an elderly cancer victim. The film is even more relevant as it was written specifically for the lead actress, Sheila Florance, who was in ... See full summary »
A tender fable about childhood innocence amid the realities of war is set against the rugged landscape of Kashmir, so long a flash point for the territorial claims of neighboring India and ... See full summary »
Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller.
Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar, a warrior in 16th century Kerala wants to avenge his father killed in a confrontation with Vasco da Gama and his troops and is assisted by his best friend Vavvali and warrior princess Ayesha.
Malli is a 19 year old girl, who joined a terrorist organization at a very young age after her brother was killed in the cause. Now in her young adulthood, she volunteers for a suicide assassination mission to kill a VIP in the service of her cause. With intricate preparations and seemingly firm resolve, she makes her way to the target area where the plot will be executed. However, events occur that make her question her determination to complete her mission and the very nature of the sacrifice that she is called upon to make. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <email@example.com>
This film is easily one of the best movies I have ever seen. The idea of seeing the human side of a guerilla-trained killer is amazing in itself, and the film lives up to that promise.
Ayesha Dharkar is an extremely talented actress, much more than just a pretty face. Her portrayal of Malli gives a real sense of the conflict between fatal patriotism and personal hopes, as Malli begins to question her personal beliefs for the first time in her life. Her rapid softening-up may be unrealistic, but it is still a haunting performance that causes the viewer to question, "Could I have made the same choice?".
The other characters play their purposes well, being cold (the guerilla leaders), frightened (the boy Lotus), or lonely and sympathetic (the old man Vasu). However, this is plainly Dharkar's movie.
The score is unlike any I have ever heard, mostly because of the unique Indian instrumentation and composition. It does create an incredible atmosphere of suspense, that grabs hold of the viewer and doesn't let go until the gripping conclusion.
The combination of these two elements with a well-paced script (seems neither too long nor too short) makes for an intense film with a lasting impact.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?