“The Forest For The Trees” by Maren Ade (Germany, 2003)

the forest for the trees

An uncompromising view on the life of a young teacher full of hope and ideals, but who slowly sinks into despair (a painful experience that will remind many teachers of their rookie years) / A movie that proves that what we make of our life is greater than the sum of all the elements our life is made of!

Cast: Eva Löbau, Daniela Holtz, Jan Neumann
Director: Maren Ade
Writer: Maren Ade
Music by Nellis Du Biel, Ina Siefert
Cinematography by Nikolai von Graevenitz
Film Editing by Heike Parplies


“The Great Beauty” by Paolo Sorrentino (Italy, 2013)

The Great Beauty

“The haggard, inconstant flashes of beauty, and then the wretched squalor and miserable humanity”
Excellent musical choice and editing. Music by John Tavener, Zbigngiew Preisner, Henryk Górecki, Georges Bizet, and many more (this blog provides a good overview)

Cast: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso, Iaia Forte, Pamela Villoresi, Galatea Ranzi, Franco Graziosi, Giorgio Pasotti, Massimo Popolizio
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Screenplay: Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello
Music by Lele Marchitelli
Cinematography by Luca Bigazzi
Film Editing by Cristiano Travaglioli

“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

“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)


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.