Having bored of science fiction and action movies, watching Elena was quite different experience. Elena (Елена) directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev is a story of an old couple, Elena and Vladimir, came from different backgrounds. They met at later stage. Vladimir is a rich man and Elena was his nurse when he was admitted in hospital. Both Vladimir and Elena had childrens in their previous relationships. Vladimir has a daughter who was not bothered of her father and Elena’s son was facing problems about his university admissions. Vladimir got admitted into hospital due to heart attack and he realize that his time is limited. He made a will in which his property will inherits to his daughter and Elena will get only monthly pension. Elena has asked for Vladimir’s help for her son’s education but he washed his hand. This has lead Elena to kill skilfully Vladir by poisoning by over-dosage of drugs. It is not fare to share plot of the story, it is worthwhile to watch it. Really, its is one of the best Russian movie.
I am a big fan of Andrey Zvyagintsev. I have also seen his other films, The Return and The Banishment. The common things which I observed for all Zvyagintsev’s movie’s are that, his stories are based on common man’s problems, its simplicity in presentation and most importantly, his camera works. I was really fascinated to see such excellent camera art in movies,especially the sleeping baby in Elena (towards end of the movie).
The movie has bagged several awards such as Special Jury Prize of the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival,Golden Eagle Award for Best Film and Nika Award for Best Actress.
More about this movie..IMDB
It was completely different experience in watching the film “Celluloid”, a movie about FATHER OF MALAYALAM movie. Dr. J.C.Daniel has taken long struggle to materialize Malayalam (Language of Southern state of India). Though, he was a rich man by birth, final days was penury. He has sold majority of his property to make first movie in malayalm, “Vigathakumaran (Lost child”. The movie has created much ruckus among the orthodox community.
I appreciate Kamal’s effort in throwing light into the life of Dr. J.C.Daniel, a forgotten movie maker, who has actualize the first malayalam movie.
Dr. J.C.Daniel Nadar was quite passionate about movies since he was in his school. He has published a English book titled Indian Art of Fencing and Sword Play in 1915 at the age of fifteen. Dr. Daniel has traveled across the country to learn about movie and met several experts including Falke, another pioneer in Indian movie industry. He faced several challenges including opposition from orthodox society and getting female protagonists. His film carrier ended up with his debut attempt itself and unfortunately the print of this movie is not available. The movie was big economic failure and he had change his profession to dental doctor. Last days of Daniel was extreme poverty and was not recognized by film society until 1990.
The Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala instituted the J. C. Daniel Award in honour of him in 1992, to honour lifetime achievements in outstanding contributions to Malayalam cinema.
To know more about Dr. Daniel wikipedia
A Moment to Remember is a story of abiding love of a young couple, a woman named Su Jin and a man named Chul Soo. The movie was officially released in South Korea on 2004. The movie grabbed several international recognitions including “best adapted screenplay” in 2005 Grand Bell Awards.
The story focus on “Su Jin”, 27 year old fashion designer, daughter of a construction head, fall in love with a foreman, whom she mets in construction site. Her intimacy towards Chul Soo initiated from a misunderstanding. Su Jin purchased a coke bottle and she left her purse and the cola bottle in a shop. After moving ahead a while she realized that the coke is not there with her. She returns and she saw a person coming out of the shop with a coke bottle. She grabbed that and drank it. When he left the place, she realizes her purse is also missing. She asked the shop keeper about the purse. He gave her the purse and coke, telling that she has forgotten there. She felt guilty of taking other persons coke bottle. The she met him in her fathers construction site. There interaction started slowly and it culminated in marriage.
The movie saw a twist, when she was diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease. Slowly she loses her memory and she is reaching in a stage, where in she is not able to identify Chun Soo. She started calling him by her ex-boy friend, a married man and their relationship also ended in another tragedy.
The movie is worth watching and I am sure you will like it.
The movie was suggested to me by a person whom I loved most.
Ayalum Njanum Thammil(അയാളും ഞാനും തമ്മിൽ), movie by Lal Jose, came after a barrage of new generation movies is presented in a different way. The sequence of scenes in the movie is quite different from the conventional style of either flash back wise or linear time scale. I really enjoyed spending time with the characters, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Samuel. Dr. Ravi Tharakan, a medical student of mediocre academic background has been forced to serve in a village hospital as part of his internship. Dr. Ravi ended up in Dr. Samuel’s hospital. His working with Dr. Samuel has turned him into a well reputed cardiologist and a human being.
The movie, The edge of the heaven is telling the lives of Turkish immigrants in Germany. The story begins with a some scenes centered through Najat and his father, Ali Aksu who is a widower, struggled to bring up his son. Najat is a professor in German university, teaching German language. His father meets Yeter, a prostitute, happens to be from Turky. Eventhough, she speaks with him German, later he realized that she is Turkish. By realizing her difficulties, Ali invites her to his home. Yeter is telling him that she has a daughter, who doesn’t know about mothers profession, believes that she works in a shoe factory. Ali invited her for dinner. They dines with Najat. After drinking too much Ali started shouting at his son, thinking that he may try for Yeter That night Ali got hospitalized because of heart attack. He discharged from hospital and again he started arguing with his son about Yeter. Najat leaves home. Ali is not leaving there, started beating Yeter. She trembled down and she died of head injury. Ali is ending up in jail. Najat arrives in Turky along with Yeter’s coffin. He participated in her cremation. He came to know that she has a daughter. Najat stays in Turky to meet Yeter’s daughter. However, Yeter’s daughter is working for some anti democratic organization and she got escaped in to Germany. The story advances with Najat’s struggles to find Yeter’s daughter with his own lonely life.
The director, FATIH AKIN is telling the story like a suspense triller. The usual happy ending of movies is not seen in this. He criticizes European union and its ill efforts in maintaining peace and same time he is shining lights towards the political system in Turky.
The movie is worth to watch. Don’t miss it.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) originally Diarios de motocicleta is a story of two friends, who travels the South American continent to see the lives of the people there. The movie was casted to memoir revolutionary Che Guevara. The expedition was started by Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado. The story is advancing by showing the American lives of destitution and its socially backward life. The heritage culture of South America is showing through out the movie. The movie also satires the Christian missionaries, who proclaims service to poor people as their prime goal. Che is questioning their rule that leprosy patients should be touched with hand gloves. The movie has been casted as diary that Che is writing to his mother. At the end of the movie Che is telling that the journey has changed him and has installed his social commitments to the South Americans.
T. D. Dasan Std. VI B, beautifully written on the background of a Palakkadan hamlet, is telling the story of a kid whose immense desire to see his father who had left him alone soon after his birth. The boy was raised by his mother, who had not left even a single image of his father. Having disgraced by his classmates as “bastard” the boy’s childhood is in misery and isolation. One day he happened to see his father’s address in his mothers old trunk box. He realized that his father is living in Bangalore. He wrote a letter to his father by describing his stories. However, his father had left Bangalore some months back and that house has been occupied by another family consists of a advertising director and his daughter, who is a writer. The story is advancing by the communications between the 12 year boy, T.D. Dasan and the girl who writes letters to Dasan as his father. The film features Master Alexander, Biju Menon, Jagadish and Shweta Menon in the lead roles. Master Alexander won the Best Child Actor award in an online poll conducted by The Times of India. Even-though, the movie was failure in box-offices it acclaimed several international audiences. The movie was written and directed by Mohan Raghavan.