Saturday, December 10, 2016

Certain Women


Directed by: Kelly Reichardt
Starring: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern , etc.
Release date: December 10, 2016 (Dubai International Film Festival)

There is a serenity to Certain Women that is pleasing to watch. This is an unambitious movie, driven by a simplistic desire and therefore quite fulfilling. Even though it stars recognizable Hollywood stars, the film focuses on ordinary lives of ordinary people and does a wonderful job of fitting into that Goldilocks zone where it is neither pretentious/exploitative, nor experimental/amateur.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Sieranevada


Directed by: Cristi Puiu
Starring: Mimi Branescu, Judith State, Bogdan Dumitrache, etc.
Release date: December 09, 2016 (Dubai International Film Festival)

Sieranevada starts on a promising shot, one that seasoned film-goers will savour for how it is set up and the promise it holds for the rest of the movie. A single long-take, it observes a family on a street-side corner as they go about an everyday task – stopping their car in an artery road (blocking traffic) while the daughter is dropped off at her grandmother’s, the father then quickly moving the car to take it round the block while the mother and daughter wait for the father to drive back.