“First They Killed My Father” Trailer

Directed by Angelina Jolie, and featured at the forthcoming Toronto International Film Festival, “First They Killed My Father” promises to be a powerful film. See also the list “My 10 Favourite “Human Rights” Films“.

Previews: “Carol”, “Experimenter” and “By the Sea”

Carol (2015)

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Story: Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith “The Price of Salt”, “Carol” is a romantic drama set in 1950s in New York. It is about a young department-store clerk, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) and her “forbidden” relationship with a much older affluent woman, Carol (Cate Blanchett) who goes through a bitter divorce.

Director: Todd Haynes.

Leads: Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Analysis: The film has to be outstanding regarding its directing and acting merits. “Carol” competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2015, where Mara won the Best Actress Award (shared), and the film also topped the Golden Globe nominations. Highsmith’s novels enjoyed quite a success on screen, for example, both Anthony Minghella’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999) and Hossein Amini’s”The Two Faces of January” (2014) were reviewed positively by critics; and the in-depth exploration of lesbian relationships on screen is becoming quite a trend, e.g. “Blue is the Warmest Color” (2013) and “Clouds of Sils Maria” (2014). Overall,  no fault found so far.

Conclusion: Carol” promises to be a touching film, full of inexplicable emotion and depth. A definite must-watch.

Predicted score: 10/10

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