- The Heir Apparent : Largo Winch (“Largo Winch”, France, 2008)
If this were not in French, I could almost mistake it for a Bollywood movie, so masala-packed is this film.
Billionaire Nerio Winch is murdered and his secret adoptive son must fight to prevent a hostile takeover of his father’s legacy. Tomer Sisley (also seen in the excellent French thriller “Sleepless Night”) is swashbuckling, street-smart Largo. Kristin Scott Thomas also stars.
Largo Winch is an entertaining, action-packed watch.
- Girl Most Likely (USA, 2013)
If you have seen Bridesmaids, or any of Kristen Wiig’s other ventures, you know that she is quite fantastic. Here she plays wishy-washy Imogene, a writerly sort, who’s forced to move back in to her mother’s (Annette Bening) New Jersey home after her career and life go down the tubes.
The parental unit is fairly eccentric, and her abode bursts at the seams with some similarly quirky characters, like Imogene’s adult arachnid-loving brother, and her mother’s much younger, semi-delusional boyfriend (Matt Dillon).
Humorous and poignant.
- Live-in Maid (“Cama Adentro”, Argentina, 2005)
Beba, a well-off divorcee is finding it hard to make ends meet. She hasn’t paid Dora, her maid of 30 years, her wages for months, and now Dora, a mostly silent, hard-worker can take it no more. She quits and moves back to the country on the pretext of completing some work on her home, and tethering wayward mate Miguel to the homestead.
Beba is depressed and lonely, and find life hard without Dora’s silent companionship. Dora staunchly refuses to come back to her, so Beba must find other ways.
This is a slow paced film about companionship, sisterhood, and social classes. Very well done.
- Jab We Met (India, 2007)
Flighty Geet (Kareena Kapoor) is making the train journey to persuade her hesitant boyfriend into matrimony. En route she meets depressed looking Aditya (Shahid Kapoor), who is fed up of his familial and business issues. They both influence each other’s lives in different ways.
A light, peppy romance, Jab We Met is helmed by acclaimed director Imtiaz Ali and is a feel-good, family-friendly watch, with melodious music and lots of energetic Bollywood style dancing .
Full review here.
- Two Lives (“Zwei Leben”, Norway, 2012)
Katrine finds her lovely Norwegian life crumbling when past secrets about East Germany come to light. She must find a way to fix this, but there are traitors everywhere, and even then, her efforts to save her family and herself may not be enough …
This is quite an unpredictable film, which languorously reveals its shocking secrets. Very atmospheric, slow-paced and dark at times, Two Lives is a remarkable film. I quite enjoyed it.