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194. Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s Farsi/Persian language film “Taxi” (2015), based on his own original screenplay: Very interesting subject but intriguing cinematic docu-fiction.

The difficult Kafkaesque conditions for the intellectuals and the financially insecure in Iran discussed in Taxi are indeed very real. I have visited Iran several times and therefore I have seen it all first-hand. You do not encounter beggars but it...
by Movies that make you think on Jun 19, 2016

192. Chilean director Patricio Guzmán’s spellbinding documentary feature film “El botón de nácar” (The Pearl Button) (2015): A powerful, poetic essay interlinking water, memory, buttons, and genocide in Chile’s history

The Pearl Button is one of the most thought-provoking and visually stunning documentaries ever made. The incredible narration of the film, which deservedly won Patricio Guzmán the Silver Bear for the Best Screenplay and the Prize of the Ecumenical J...
by Movies that make you think on Apr 23, 2016

162. Romanian director Călin Peter Netzer film “Pozitia copilului” (Child’s Pose) (2013): Selfish nature of relationships

A poster that reveals the structure of the filmRomanian cinema is on the march. In 2005, Romania gave the world the lovely, realistic film The Death of Mr Lazarescu. In 2012, that country followed up with the powerful movie Beyond the Hills, (which s...
by Movies that make you think on Apr 8, 2014

145. Japanese maestro Akira Kurosawa’s “Ikiru“ (To Live) (1952): A prescription for curing our ailing souls and living our lives meaningfully.

“Life is so short, dear maiden,so fall in love while your lips are still redAnd before your passion coolsFor there will be no tomorrow.. . .Tomorrow will not come again.”--The Gondola Song, written in 1915, sung by the lead character Kanji W...
by Movies that make you think on May 14, 2013

145. Japanese maestro Akira Kurosawa’s “Ikiru“ (To Live) (1952): A prescription for curing our ailing souls and to live our lives meaningfully.

“Life is so short, dear maiden,so fall in love while your lips are still redAnd before your passion coolsFor there will be no tomorrow.. . .Tomorrow will not come again.”--The Gondola Song, written in 1915, sung by the lead character Kanji W...
by Movies that make you think on May 14, 2013

141. Italian directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s “Cesare deve morire” (Caesar Must Die) (2012): Meta-film at its thoughtful best from the venerable octogenarian directors

Caesar Must Dieis a movie that revolves around Shakespeare’s tragedy Julius Caesar and yet it is not a film that unfolds the entire play.  If a viewer, who has not read the play, went to see this movie, the viewer will have a blinkered view of...
by Movies that make you think on Mar 3, 2013

140. Uruguayan director Rodrigo Plá’s “La Demora” (The Delay) (2012): Meaningful and mature cinema that has universal relevance

An evocative poster of the film at the Berlin Film FestivalThe conventional posterUruguay is not a country that one would easily associate with great cinema.  Even for Latin American standards, Uruguay cannot boast of major cinematic w...
by Movies that make you think on Feb 22, 2013


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