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12/16/2012

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I was never a big fan of Penelope Cruz - well haven't really seen any of her Hollywood movies doing her a favour.  So I wasn't really keen on this movie except that I wanted to see because it was Almodovar's movie.  But now I am so glad I did, it has become one of my all-time favourites.

Penelope looks absolutely ravishing in this movie; this frazzled mother oozes sexuality in a way that leaves the viewer enchanted.  She is so full of colour and vitality that she simply becomes the life-force of the movie.  The movie is a roller-coaster of emotions that leaves you wanting for more at the end of the movie - a film that has Almodovar's classic signature stamped all over it, his reverence for women.  

The  movie is a treasure to watch with its scenes capturing the true essence of life - the simple joys and sorrows that makes life worth living and remembering.  Even though the movie centers upon the relationship between a mother and a daughter, it still explores in depth, other bonds as well ( between the sisters, between friends) and leaves you with a wholesome feeling of having watched something beautiful and wanting for the simpler comforts of such relationships.
 Source: Youtube
Imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0441909/
 

Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain

Well, I have not yet made up my mind whether I like this movie or not.  I have had friends rave about this movie and especially about Audrey's acting in it.  I do say I like the French quirkiness about this movie - the little things that would have been swept under the carpet in any other mainstream movie.  It is a still a delight to watch it, but I would not say it is the best of Audrey's I have ever seen so far.  

I had trouble locating the first part with english subtitles - hence from the second clip.
 

Lemon Tree

I wanted to see this movie as soon as I realised "Hiam Abbass" was in it.  I had seen her in "The Visitor" before and was quite captivated by her calm but yet forceful acting in it.  This Israeli movie is yet another credit to her.  I am one ardent fan of hers after seeing "Lemon Tree" - can't wait to catch up with her other movies, provided some kind soul uploads them with English subtitles. 

Unless one is faced with dispossession and is exiled from one's own land, it is hard to understand the passion that one associates with their soil.  Like most Indians, I am a passive observer of the feud between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.  Being from the south, safely ensconced away from any kind of real action and secluded from the terrors of war, it is hard to understand the struggle over the land.  Anyway this movie is a honest portrayal of one's passion for the land.

Another character that I found fascinating was the Defence Minister's wife; guess that character is synonymous with Israelites who are sympathetic towards the Palestinian cause.  

Ali Suliman, is quite interesting in his portrayal as the tuna-eating attorney ( is it tuna or sardines, anyway lets settle for seafood) and his non-kosher admiration for the elderly widow.  However no surprises as to how he fares towards the end - very typical of most Arab men in their real life, I should say !!!  
Source:  Youtube
Imdb : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1172963/
 

Kolya

This was one of the first international movie my movie-buff husband made me watch.  I instantly fell in love with the Russian boy who captured my heart so easily with his cherubic face and lively performance.  

Kolya is a Czech movie that won both the Oscar and Golden Globe award in 1996.   I have not been able to locate the movie with english subtitles on youtube.  However there is a clip showing some of my favourite scenes here.  Even a decade later, I still remember the first words that Kolya utters when he sees the flags on the windows. Kolya getting lost in the train station is another scene that I always love to see.  The bath-tub scene where he talks to his dead grandmother using the shower-head is another moving scene.  
Kolya will always remain a jewel in my small treasure trove of foreign movies that I have enjoyed so far. 

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116790/
Video Source:  Youtube