A synopsis of all that we experienced on the second day of the 20th Mumbai Film Festival.
11:30 a.m.: Screening of Polish film Cold War at Regal, Colaba
Director: Paweł Pawlikowski
Polish romantic film Cold War feels cold, dull, and bleak despite having just an 85-minute run time, primarily because of its insistence to focus too much on loss and too little on love. Joanna Kulig’s performance is brilliant, the shot-taking is beautiful, the cinematography, arresting, the BGM, enchanting, and Director Paweł Pawlikowski’s stylistic treatment grows on you. But, ultimately, it’s his affinity for making his protagonists extremely despondent, coupled with the barrage of jarring cuts midday through a scene (both trappings that detailed his previous film, Ida, for me), which fail to draw your attention for any length of time.
1:45 p.m.: Screening of Documentary film Three Identical Strangers at Regal, Colaba
Director: Tim Wardle
Three Identical Strangers goes from being amusing and incredible to shocking and disturbing, seamlessly blending poignant drama with a deep conspiracy, and bringing documentary filmmaker Tim Wardle’s talents to the fore for how deftly he does complete justice to a multi-layered true story (barring a few hiccups concerning repetition and pace in the middle). It’s a defining commentary on the age-old ‘nature vs. nurture’ conundrum, and easily one-of-the-best documentaries you’ll ever see.
6 p.m.: Screening of Sorry to Bother You at Regal, Colaba
Director: Boots Riley
Sorry to Bother You presents some interesting, innovative ideas, and tries to be a stinging allegory on capitalism, greed, and the corrupting influences of materialism in today’s world, but besides a handful of engaging scenes and some dark humor, its potentially crackerjack sci-fi/socialist premise gets heavily derailed by incoherent ramblings and a barrage of SJW metaphors that are knocked on your skull with a mallet rather than allowing the message to subtly reach the audience. Though not a bad watch, the movie screams hipster mentality when it has so much to offer for modern society.
8:45 p.m.: Screening of French film Climax at Regal, Colaba
Director: Gaspar Noe
French film Climax is quite an unsettling, harrowing, disturbing, and, most importantly, demanding watch, but it’s also quite rewarding if you can was through all the dread and depravity on display. The plot though does feel stretched too thin in places, and the long-drawn shots and interminably inverted camera angles gets to you after a point, but, overall, the film packs a deadly lunch for those who have the patience.
Over to MAMI 2018 Day 4.