All posts by Absar Ahmad

Born on 3rd January 1989 in Aligarh, India. I have completed my Masters degree in Communication Studies. I believe "Cinema" is a very powerful tool to communicate with masses across the world.

Vavien – Movie Review

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Movie: Vavien (2009)

Country of Origin: Turkey

Language: Turkish

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Vavien Movie Review: 

Vavien is set in a typical Turkish middle class society and revolves around its problems. In the start of the movie one can easily recognize that whatever is happening in the lives of Celal (Engin Günaydın) and his wife Sevilay (Binnur Kaya) is not good. There is an atmosphere of discomfort and uneasiness between them although after being married for several years they still don’t trust each other and that results in a very complex situation for them which leads Celal to make a plan to get rid of his wife. He succeeds in his plan but his plan fails when his wife instead of dying  comes back to home. The camera work and screenplay is fine. All the characters have played their part well and the acting is really good especially by the lead characters. Background music is also good. The name “Vavien” has its significance in a way that it represents a circuit that is used to switch off two lights by the same button. Sevilay asks her husband to make a Vavien for her deputy but Celal replies that it’s difficult he can’t do it. In the end with the help of Cemal (his brother) he successfully makes a Vavien for the deputy and the film ends here with everything getting settle in the life of the couple after they talk to each other. The film gives a very simple message that it’s not impossible to solve any problem, but we need to work on it to solve it.

My Rating of Vavien:

I am giving this movie only 6 out of 10 as I believe it could have been better, in terms of story-line. Although the movie is intriguing but at times the viewer gets distracted from it. Overall, Vavien is good and presents you with a different point of view of Turkish Cinema.

My Verdict of Vavien:

Vavien is tough to digest with its unique story-telling. But, Vavien goes down well as a movie that is different from the league of contemporary Turkish cinema. It is a good to watch flick if you love World Cinema. I personally enjoyed it moderately, but loved the message given in this film.

Androman de Sange et de Charbon Movie Review

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Movie: Androman de Sange et de Charbon

Year: 2012

Country of Origin: Morocco

Language: Arabic

Genre: Drama

Androman – De sang et de charbon Movie Review:

I watched Androman in India during Pune International Film Festival in 2013. The show was houseful and everyone loved this movie in the end. From personal point of view I liked the movie and the concept very much. The director of this movie Mr. Az Larabe Alaoui must get the credit for giving us such a masterpiece from Morocco. This film tells the story of a girl whose father (a charcoal trader) deliberately turns her into a boy so that he don’t loses his land and property. Because in the society where he lives the “right to inheritance of land” is reserved for boys only while girls are treated as a burden on the family. Ouchen (father) names his girl as (Androman) and takes her to work every day and nobody gets the slightest of idea that the boy “Androman” is actually a girl. But, this secret is revealed once, when Androman fells from the tree and the nearby shepherd gets to know her gender. After that, a failed romance blossoms between the two. During this period Androman tries to “understand as well as discover” her femininity which she has long forgotten while living as a boy. As her father gets to know about their affair he kills the shepherd and beats her daughter too. During this you can easily understand the mental condition of the father as well as daughter who are nothing but, a victim of their social and cultural environment. The film really portrays the issues of today’s Muslim societies in Arab world in particular. The film also tells that it is not “Islam” that has deprived women of their “rights” rather Muslims themselves in the name of “customs and traditions” exploit women rights and blame it on Islam. This can be understood with the character of the Islamic Cleric who tells the villagers that under “Islamic Law” women too have their right of inheritance of land from their father. But, the villagers reject his suggestions as they do not wanted to go away from the customs of their “ancestors”. This clearly shows the backwardness and hypocrisy of the villagers who despite giving so much respect to the “Cleric” and considering themselves Muslims and followers of Islam do not actually want to carry out what Allah tells them.

From technical point of view this movie is a treat to watch. Camera work is awesome and music and background score of Androman de Sange et de Charbon really touches your heart and is very situational. The filming locations are perfect and gives an obvious sense of the “hardships” people face who live there. As far as acting is concerned all the actors have done a commendable job specially Jalila Tlemsi (Androman) the lead character of the movie. The film also tells another side of the people living in that area (Atlas Mountains). And that is, if, government can look properly to these people and provide them better governance and basic facilities then many of the social evils will wither away as poverty and hunger are the seeds that grow up into strong trees laden with fruits of “social and cultural evils”. The end of the movie is very thought-provoking and meaningful as Androman takes part in a horse race alongside boys (an unprecedented event in the village’s history) as decided and agreed by the village elders. Androman wins the race and this is a symbolic cinematic representation on the screen of how women can win and get their rights (as guaranteed to them by God in the Holy Book Quran). But, to achieve this they have to strive for it, as Androman did in the movie unlike to other women characters of the movie who accepted “ill treatments and discrimination” as part of their life.

My Favorite Characters of Androman Movie:

Jalila Tlemsi (Androman): She is just exceptional in this role. As Androman her body language and dialogue delivery is completely in sync with the requirements of the character. Especially, the moment she realizes the women inside of her Jalila’s acting is a treat to watch. Jalila Tlemsi’s eyes have spoken so much that one can easily understand the pain and emptiness in her soul. In my view she has done full justice to her role. Without her Androman would have been “empty”..

My Rating of this Movie:

I have rated Androman 10 out of 10 as there is nothing which you can say is lagging or missing in this movie. It has a compelling subject, an experienced cast and a wonderful plot. The ending is very meaningful as well as “full of optimism”. The music and background score of Androman too is very good and helps in conveying the story to the viewers.

My Verdict of the Movie:

If you love some intense drama then Androman movie is a must watch for you. This is one of the best Arab movies that I have seen till now. You will never regret watching it and this movie will leave a long-lasting impression on your mind. This movie will also help in understanding the Moroccan village life and their social and political issues.

Aşk Geliyorum Demez – Movie Review

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Movie: Aşk Geliyorum Demez

Year: 2009

Country of Origin: Turkey

Language: Turkish

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama

Rating: 5.2/10 (IMDB)

My Review of Aşk Geliyorum Demez:

The movie takes place in the busy part of Istanbul i.e. Mahmutpasa and portrays the cosmopolitan culture and society of Istanbul. The character of Uncle Miran (Altan Erkekli) is an Armenian Christian and there is also a Kurd character. Despite of their racial and cultural differences all the shop owners and workers live a happy life together helping each other whenever the need arises. The music touches the heart and lyrics of all songs are very good. The character of Ali (Tolgahan Sayisman) in most part of the film is funny and careless but after the death of uncle Miran he becomes a man of truth and decides to tell the truth about himself to Gozde (Berguzar Korel). The screenplay and camera work is good. The story is too simple and easy to understand. Although it can also be said there is not so much story at all in the movie but still you like it as it never feels boring throughout the movie. The movie also doesn’t feature any unnecessary “sex or steamy scenes” that are very common in Turkish cinema. It is a plain Love Story. In the end it can be said its worth watching. For me the music was the main element of the film. The filming locations are also good where you can feel the excitement of Istanbul. All the characters have acted well, but it can be said that there are some unnecessary characters in the movie. Anyways, in a comedy lot’s of characters are very usual in any cinema.

My favorite Characters of Aşk Geliyorum Demez:

Tolgahan Sayisman as Ali: He has played his role with perfection a little funny, idiotic, but always engaging.

Berguzar Korel as Gozde: She has spread the charm of her beauty on-screen as she often off-screen. In most part of the movie she is serious and happy girl looking to get “true love” in her life.

My Rating of Aşk Geliyorum Demez:

I have rated this movie 9/10 as I found the story ordinary, but still good enough to behold you. The Music is the best element of the movie and reaches your heart. The shooting locations are beautiful and captivating and makes you feel good watching this movie.

My Verdict of Aşk Geliyorum Demez:

If you are looking to watch some lighthearted comedy themed love story then this will appeal you. Something ordinary but “engaging”…..The songs are beautiful and I am sure you will fall in love with them.

The Age of Adaline – Review

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Movie: The Age of Adaline

Releasing Year: 2015

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Language: English

The Age of Adaline Movie Review:

The Age of Adaline has a wonderful story, great camera work and screenplay. From the start to the last scene of the movie you feel engrossed in it. I will not talk about the scientific reason or explanation of what happened to “Adaline Bowman”, as it is futile. All I can say and write about The Age of Adaline is that it is a well-directed film and all the characters have done full justice to their roles. You won’t find anyone without a “purpose” in the movie. Such is the way Lee Toland Krieger has directed The Age of Adaline.

The story revolves around “Blake Lively” but it is well supported by all the characters in the movie. I give full credit to the director for choosing Blake and Michiel as lead characters. Harrison Ford has been at his best as he normally is in every movie. Now talking about the story line, The Age of Adaline is a story of a young woman named “Adaline Bowman” who because of an accident in 1935, at the age of 29 develops a phenomenon in her genes due to which she “stops ageing”…. Well talking of age you would feel “anyone in this world would love to stop ageing and being young forever, especially women”. But, here comes our “Adaline Bowman” a beautiful woman (by every stretch of imagination possible). It is said of her “All these years she’s lived, but she’s never had a life…” rightly so after enjoying her “forever young” fate she gets to a position in life where she thinks of “stop running” from life.

She saw her husband, family, dogs, friends die and the world change year after year….. But, what happened to her life? She was as it is as she was. She had to run from this cruel world for her safety, she even abandoned her daughter to live in pace. All these measures proves futile as finally she falls in love with a young man (Michiel Huisman), who turns out to be the son of a man (Harrison Ford) whom she loved some 4 decades back.. And left because of her inability to fulfill that relationship. One can truly feel the pain of Adaline… I loved the music of the movie it is awesome and actually gives  meaning to the movie.

Characters to watch out in The Age of Adaline:

Blake Lively: Up until yesterday I had no knowledge of who this girl is? But, I fell in love with her acting “prowess” the very first time I saw her on screen…She has literally lived through the ages on the screen in this movie. She looked good in 1920s, 30s, 40s …and so on till 2014 when the movie ends. I would give her 10/10 for acting as well as looks with all those emotions and her “trade mark” smile she is the “life” of “The Age of Adaline”.

Harrison Ford: His role can be seen as “defining cameo” in the movie. Mr. Ford has given his everything in those scenes as he could have. His expressions are awesome and so does his acting as you would expect from him. It was his role that gave the movie finishing touch…

My Rating & Verdict of The Age of Adaline:

I gave a 9 out of 10 to The Age of Adaline. Mainly because of its music and story line. The acting too is superb. At some moment or other you will feel yourself at “Adaline’s place and wonder what would you have lived through had it happen to you?” Overall this movie deserves a 9. If you like romantic movies and you believe love is powerful, it’s a movie you must watch. The Age of Adaline portrays the love in various forms and ways. You will certainly enjoy it.