No Choice

Much like most Iranian movies, Reza Dormishian’s No Choice (Majboorim) uses minimalism to tell us a socially relevant story that is as distressing as it is elevating. Premiering at the ongoing Tokyo International Film Festival, the work gripped me with its powerful imagery, no-nonsense script and brilliant performances. With mostly female cast, the movie could have been a little less than 108 minutes. But never mind, it presents a socio-legal thriller. No frills.

The Life Ahead

Sophia Loren has been part of a league of actresses, like Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Julie Andrews and the like who brought a new meaning to cinematic performance. Loren, who has not been seen in a feature film in more than a decade, makes a rare appearance in the latest Netflix streamer, The Life Ahead, interestingly directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti.

The Undoing

Director Susanne Bier and writer David E Kelley have come together to present an excellent miniseries of six episodes titled, The Undoing. Both Bier and Kelley have specialised in portraying rich, classy couples who go into a free fall. The Undoing follows a similar pattern, but the superb casting, not to forget the brilliant performances of Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant and, of course, Donald Sutherland, pushes the TV series beyond the clouds to gripping heights.

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Tokyo International Film Festival 2020

 

Venice Film Festival 2020

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Cannes Film Festival 2020

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IFFI Film Bazaar 2019

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Mumbai Film Festival 2019

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Cannes Film Festival 2019

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Cairo International Film Festival 2018

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Kolkata International Film Festival 2018

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Tokyo International Film Festival 2018

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Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2018

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El Gouna Film Festival 2018 

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Dubai International Film Festival 2017

 

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