Film in Cards

Love And Shukla/2017/Hindi

FiC Rating: 5/5
Dir: Siddartha Jatla
Setting: Urban
Why FiC recommends?
1) These cities look so huge. They’re huge, but is it really capable of giving enough space to all its inhabitants to live a dignified life?
2) Stellar performance by all the actors make you feel for the characters.

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Aamis/2019/Assamese

FiC Rating: 4.5/5
Dir: Bhaskar Hazarika
Setting: Town
Why FiC recommends?
1) To say this is something ‘new’ would be an understatement. Even a single hint would act as a ‘spoiler’!
2) Sometimes we know who we are, deep down. But it dies because there’s nothing for it to cling to. This movie attempts something around it!
Note: Knowingly not tagging the category ‘horror’ to it!

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A Serious Man/2009/American

FiC Rating: 4/5
Dir: Joel and Ethan Coen
Setting: Urban/Vintage
Why FiC recommends?

1) In the way that Coen brothers can see the humor behind the tragic face of commonality, they have delivered another darkly comic, absurd and well-acted film which deals with the huge themes of alienation and nihilism.
2) You don’t see comedy mixed with such deep and heavy themes in every film, do you?

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Once/2007/Irish

FiC Rating: 5/5
Dir: John Carney
Setting: Urban
Why FiC recommends?
1) This is one of those rare films that only comes along once in a blue moon; no melodrama, no extra ordinary camera work, nothing too special yet a powerful ‘slice of life’ movie!
2) A sweet movie that is simple yet somehow captivating to watch, a classic example of filmmaking!
P.S. The rating is 4 stars for the movie and 1 star for the music.

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Slacker/1990/American

FiC Rating: 4.5/5
Dir: Richard Linklater
Setting: Urban
Why FiC recommends?

1) When you don’t have budget, professional actors and script (literally!), but you have an extraordinary mind, you end up making Slacker!
2) The director himself defines slackers as ‘spending their whole lives in their own heads, paralyzed by the problem of making any difference’. That seems as good a definition as any.
3) The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”

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Thodasa Roomani Ho Jaayen /1990/Hindi

FiC Rating: 4.5/5
Dir: Amol Palekar
Setting: Remote Place
Why FiC recommends?

1) Outstandingly beautiful and charmingly poignant tale of a conman that stays with you and keeps giving you a good feeling!
2) A poetic blend of Dreams and Reality, the film is real and surreal at the same time! The story unfolds with much poetry and a dreamlike quality that is magical.

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Court/2014/Marathi,Hindi

FiC Rating: 4.5/5
Dir: Chaitanya Tamhane
Setting: Urban/Suburban
Why FiC recommends?
1) So slow and real that it makes you restless. If you like slow-phased ultra-realistic movies this is your thing!
2) A mirror to the Indian judicial system – almost the way it is, if not exactly!

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Requiem for a Dream/2000/American

FiC Rating: 5/5
Dir: Darren Aronofsky
Setting: Urban
Why FiC recommends?

1) Cruel reality of drugs, but wait! What’s your definition of drugs?
Dark, disgusting, hideous and too intense! A beautiful train wreck you can’t look away from.
2) This movie can potentially scar you for life!

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Ee.Ma.Yau/2018/Malayalam

FiC Rating: 5/5
Dir: Lijo Jose Pellissery
Setting: Countryside/Village
Why FiC recommends?
1) This film is about death, and how?! Cinematic, Satirical, Dramatic and Emotional!
2) The whole act and the movie setting is so simple and realistic that you’ll become part of it.

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Naal/2018/Marathi

FiC Rating: 4/5
Dir: Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti
Setting: Rural
Why FiC recommends?

1) Metaphoric, pure, subtle, caters both art house and commercial cinema fans.
2) The film very subtly squeezes in a quiet message even as it portrays the world purely from the gawky-eyed point of view of a child.

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I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK / 2006 / Korean

FiC Rating: 4/5
Dir: Park Chan Wook
Setting: Urban
Why FiC recommends?
1) When a director is crazy enough to decide to make a film about a mentally ill young couple, a girl who believes herself to be a cyborg and a guy who frequently wears handmade rabbit masks, and manages to create a pure cinematic exuberance, the film becomes highly recommendable!
2) Extremely cute and bluntly dark at the same time!

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Nathicharami/2018/Kannada

FiC Rating: 4/5
Dir: Manso Re
Setting: Urban
Why FiC recommends?
1) A subtle yet solid take on a widow’s sexuality and the way she deals with eyes of the public around her.

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Asha Jaoar Majhe/2014/Bengali

FiC Rating: 5/5
Dir: Aditya Vikram Sengupta
Setting: Urban/Suburban
Why FiC recommends?
1) This film is a poem without a single word uttered.
2) It’s minimal approach brings in so many thoughts to mind- true love, urban survival, loneliness and much more.

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Varthamana/2018/Kannada

FiC Rating: 4/5
Dir: Umesh Amshi
Setting: Urban/Not-specified
Why FiC recommends?
1) A rare attempt in Indian cinema to bring ‘weirdism’ on the screen. (David) Lynchian style evident at places.
2) Treat for people who enjoy ‘dreamlike’ sequences.

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Kaul/2016/Marathi

FiC Rating: 5/5
Dir: Aadish Keluskar
Setting: Countryside/Village
Why FiC recommends?
1) The concept of ‘nihilism’ is explored in this film so mysteriously that it gives you chills every now and then.
2) Poetic, Mysterious, Experimental and what not!

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To Let/2019/Tamil

FiC Rating: 4/5
Dir: Chezhiyan
Setting: Urban/Suburban
Why FiC recommends?
1) This film is a lesson on how a small cast film & minimalistic can movie can be made.
2) Addresses an important ‘urban trap’ issue in a very believable manner.

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Thithi/2018/Kannada

FiC Rating: 5/5
Dir: Raam Reddy
Setting: Countryside/Village
Why FiC recommends?
(1) Non-actors fill in lot of authenticity
(2) Humor-filled and captivating storyline. By end of the film you’ll be a part of their life and you start feeling for them.

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