October 20, 2014

Mumbai 2014 Day #5: Mavericks for Rescue

So, overall I was not very happy with the movies I watched during the first four days of the festival, especially because last year had been so special. And this morning, I hit a new low with Early Spring, Kyoto (Japan/ 2014) by Hiroshi Toda. The film improved by the time it ended, but it remains the weakest movie I have watched in these five days.

I badly needed to rescue myself from this now. I needed an effective and quick redemption. And I decided to watch a classic despite having not booked the ticket for it. The seats were empty and I didn't have any problem entering. So I watched A Few Days from the Life of Oblomov (Soviet Union/ 1980) by Nikita Mikhalkov. What a wonderful dramedy it was? The triumph of a good story, and classical cinematic techniques. This was how the fate of my day turned in my favour.

Because the next movie was supremely engaging, brilliantly written, and wonderfully performed by its players. It was Omar (Palestine/ 2013) by Hany Abu-Assad. What a heartbreaking film about love and betrayal set amidst the Palestinian conflict. There was some technical problem during the screening that first left us disappointed, but then got solved. However, this caused a delay that made me miss my next movie, Goodbye to Language.

And thank God for that. Because, I went in to watch Kim Ki-Duk's latest instead, One on One (South Korea/ 2014). It was such an entertaining film. Watching it with more than 200 people made it even more enjoyable. The day had already been very nice so far. But the best was yet to come.

They say I should not keep in mind the fact that a 25-year old has made this film and judge it despite of that. How can I do that? Especially when every minute of this brilliantly crafted, insanely entertaining, deeply moving film reminds you of the passion and the genius of the man behind it? Mommy (Canada/ 2014) is not only among the very best films of this festival or this year, it will always be remembered for its boldness of craft and content, and an audacity that is endearing and awe-inspiring at the same time. Take a bow, Xavier Dolan. See you at the Oscars this time, representing Canada.

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