October 27, 2013

Mumbai 2013 Day #6: The 2009 score will remain untouched...

'Picasso's Gang' (Spain/ 2012) by Fernando Colomo did not impress me as much as its first ten minutes had promised to. But, in the end, this stylish period-drama that blended fact and fiction for good humour worked well.

Philippe Garrel's 'Jealousy' (France/ 2013) was undoubtedly very impressive in its 77 minutes of beautiful black and white run-time. Only, it did not try to do something exceptional. And since I have recently discovered Garrel, I was left a little underwhelmed.

Yasujiro Ozu's 'Tokyo Story' (Japan/ 1953) is perhaps the greatest movie playing this festival, going by its reputation. It is also going to be the only classic I'll watch. Watching it for the second time, I was thoroughly interested in trying to decipher the reason behind its stature, and the only reasons that come to mind are the universal story, the true performances, and the pacing that almost takes you to the world of the two elderly leads.

The film of the day was 'Good to Go' (Slovenia-Croatia/ 2013) by the debutant director Matevz Luzar. The story of Ivan, a retired music teacher in his late 70s, is several times more entertaining than what its first few minutes would suggest. The film keeps surprising you with its brilliant writing and performances, and it was fun to cheer for the characters with the audience.

I could watch only four films today as I had to attend a meeting. This means, I won't be able to watch 34 movies this festival and my record of 2009 will remain untouched. It's really incredible how I managed it back then, travelling from Dahisar to Andheri. Sheer madness!

P.S. This post is late by a few days, as it talks about the 6th day of the festival, that is 23rd October.

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