THE FORSAKEN LAND (Vimukthi Jayasundara, 2005)

I have added the following entry to my 100 Greatest Asian Films list. Recurrent civil war since 1983 in Sri Lanka has had a devastating effect on the land and its people. Writer-director Vimukthi Jayasundara was both rewarded and censured for his Kiarostaminian Sulanga Enu Pinisa, winning the Caméra d’Or (for best first feature) at […]

PONETTE (Jacques Doillon, 1996)

Writer-director Jacques Doillon, who is the father of three girls, to his everlasting disgrace made Ponette, a pornographic exploitation of a four-year-old’s coping with the death (by road accident) of her mother. It’s a piece of “sensitive” trash.      Preposterously, Victoire Thivisol won best actress at Venice; the child does nothing but react as she has […]