A passionate narrative that celebrates both emotions and technology at the same time!
My Ratings: 4.1/5
80,000 children go missing in India every year never again to be reunited with their families, unfortunate indeed.
But then how many of these lost children are fortunate enough to get adopted by some kind-hearted couple from Tasmania, who are not only willing to give them their family name, but also enough love and affection, education and freedom to relive their own lives?
Well, Saroo a kid from rural India who loves Jalebis, happened to be one such unfortunate, yet fortunate soul!
At the age of five an unintentional train journey took him to an unknown city, alone in the streets, miserable and hungry, missing his family, and on the verge of getting exploited. But then, he survives, was sent to an orphanage and from there taken for adoption by Brierley family from Tasmania!
The first half of Saroo’s tale is dramatic enough to be made into a motion picture but the story doesn’t end there!
After 25 years Saroo decides to find his roots, his village, his people, his family – he comes back to India in search of his brother and mother!
Exceptional performance by Dev Patel as Saroo, supposedly he had spent eight months preparing for his role! But more surprising was debutant Sunny Pawar‘s role, who played the part of young Saroo and stole the show!
A young girl attracted to a married older woman who openly seduces her, an impulsive spark of romance that makes their lives both volatile and euphoric.
A lesbian love affair, a liaison between two people most unexpected of falling in love!
The story seems pretty straightforward though but the execution is what that makes the film a stunner.
Masterfully directed by Todd Haynes (I was already a fan of his Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There.), and shot fantastically by Edward Lachman mostly using reflections and images through glasses and window panes.
But the real charisma of this film is nothing else than the magnetic chemistry between Cate Blanchett andRooney Mara. They have successfully portrayed the true bliss of two people falling in love, the purity of their feelings, the infatuation, the physical bonding, the
despair in separation, and the longing for each other’s company.
The realistic and appealing period-look of the film is said to be taken from numerous photographs and paintings, periodicals and film stills, all collected by Director Todd Haynes as reference for the entire team, specially for Judy Becker (Production Designer) and Jesse Rosenthal (Art Director).
Carol is one of those rare colorful films that makes you believe in simplicity, and the immense power of filmmaking as well.
On the basis of the ‘preferential voting’ system (democratic and unbiased), all the nominees are chosen each year for the various award categories and then they simply wait, hope and pray to win!
This year Chris Rock will be hosting the award ceremony on ABC.
In total 305 feature films are competing for Best Picture nominations. Though the final and official seven/eight nominated ones will be announced on Thursday, January 14th, it’s always fun to guess, predict and anticipate a little before hand.
So let the predictions for the ‘Best Picture’ category begin!
Directed by Adam McKay, this is a biographical account of the time (mid 2000) when there was a financial crisis in the US, and four individuals decided to fight the greedy banks for their lack of foresight.
Looks like a pretty sure thing for the award ceremony. Watch out!