“The Lunchbox” (Ritesh Batra, India 2013)

The Lunchbox

Director: Ritesh Batra
Writers: Ritesh Batra (screenplay), Vasan Bala (hindi dialogue consultant)
Actors: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Music: Max Richter
Cinematography: Michael Simmonds
Editing: John F. Lyons

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“Toni Erdmann” (Maren Ade, Germany 2016)

Toni Erdmann

A father and a daughter that so much separates and that so much unites.
A very surprising movie!

Cast: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Hüller, Lucy Russell, Vlad Ivanov, Hadewych Minis
Director: Maren Ade
Writer: Maren Ade
Cinematographer: Patrick Orth
Editor: Heike Parplies

“Adult Life Skills” (Rachel Tunnard, UK 2016)

Adult Life Skills

Some good dialogues and interesting personages, but weak script and episodic music

Actors: Jodie Whittaker, Lorraine Ashbourne, Brett Goldstein
Director: Rachel Tunnard
Writer: Rachel Tunnard
Cinematography: Bet Rourich
Editing: Rachel Tunnard

“Certain Women” (Kelly Reichardt, US 2016)

certain-women

Director: Kelly Reichardt
Writers: Maile Meloy (short stories), Kelly Reichardt
Actors: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern

In the calmest way, scarcely intruded images and stable frames lead to an almost continuous but never exposed tension.