96 is a bittersweet amalgamation of the ‘BEFORE‘ series – chiefly ‘BEFORE SUNSET‘— by Linklater, beautifully mapped onto the Indian landscape by contouring out the emotional crests and troughs of childhood love, its extensions, and its sustenance. It is a triumph for one of the most interesting actors to emerge out on the Tamil screens, Vijay Sethupathi, who brings his own brand of ‘casualness’ to his act, yet segues it – mainly in the second-half – into a fine act embodying a character who pretends to be living in the ‘moment’ but is really living in the past savoring moments of first love which are, obviously, momentous to him. [In fact, the film opens with a song ‘The Life of Ram’, with the lyrics and visuals expounding on the loneliness that’s part of Ram’s existential crises, as well as the thread he hangs onto to continue his existence. It shows him living life as a travel photographer, but travelling alone, and seemingly enjoying the independence—(he pulls a cart for an old man in Calcutta; drives in circles in his car onto a vast, open field; sits staring at the horizon on a beach, and runs on sand-dunes in Rajasthan, while the lyrics convey his feelings that he hasn’t understood the world yet though his hair has greyed..)— that a relationship-less existence provides, but that’s actually a facade.] There’s a nod here to Ranbir’s characters from Ali’s films portraying his alone-self in a populated world that’s hard to miss.Continue reading “’96 Movie Review: Some Reflections…”
In 1995, two young people – a wannabe American male writer and a strong-headed French woman – met on a train from Budapest. He had just broken up with his girlfriend in Madrid and was going to Vienna to catch a plane to the USA, while she was going back to her university in Paris after meeting her ill grandmother. He convinced her to get down in Vienna and spend the night with him – a rather quixotic step which would spare her of the lament that would ensue if she didn’t give herself the time to know him. She agreed and they disembarked. That night, the two strangers became confidants, sharing their lives and secrets, and evolved to be lovers who had in between them only one night. They lay under the moonlit night, kissed and made love, even had a poem written to them by a street-side poet, but all of this Before Sunrise. For when the Sun awoke on the horizon, it signalled with its arrival his departure – a going away that held no promise of return, a separation that could no longer dissemble the bleak chance of reunion. They were in their 20s – too early to be tied down by the memories of that one night. If only wisdom and youth had walked hand in hand, they would have known that they could go away from that night but the night would never go away from them.Continue reading “Before Richard Linklater”
2013 was a rather mixed affair for Hollywood movies. The summer releases this year were largely underwhelming (Iron man 3, Man Of Steel, Fast and Furious 6 amongst others) if you ask me. Only a few amongst such releases made for enjoyable big screen viewing such as Pacific Rim, Star Trek into Darkness.
However there were also some good films which emerged out of Hollywood this year. As always I was able to watch some of them, while a few still remain unseen. Without wasting further time, here is my list of the Hollywood films I loved watching this year.
Kindly note these films are not rated in any particular order.
Language : English | Runtime : 109 Minutes | Director : Richard Linklater
Has it been 9 years since the last “Before” movie? If I see the release dates, it says yes but the movies never seem to have been that far apart. In their third outing together, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke travel to Greece, where they once again combine to regale us with romance, love and conversations about themselves, each other and the world.Continue reading “Before Midnight (2013) : A Feast on True Love”