FOUR ADVENTURES OF REINETTE AND MIRABELLE (Eric Rohmer, 1987)

The episodes of writer-director Eric Rohmer’s lovely 4 aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle involve two characters whose ethical judgments contrast: country girl Reinette and Parisian Mirabelle. In “The Blue Hour” the two meet and befriend each other in the country, where Reinette attempts to introduce the city girl, so used to noise, to the moment […]

REASON, DEBATE AND A STORY (Ritwik Ghatak, 1974)

Two years before his death at fifty, Ritwak Ghatak’s final fictional film, the autobiographical and poetically black-and-white Jukti, Takko Aar Gappo, has Ghatak appearing as Neelkantha, a version of himself, on a symbolical foot-journey through past and present. (His film thus reminds us of Jean Cocteau’s last one, Le testament d’Orphée, 1960.) Its springboard in […]

GOODBYE SOLO (Ramin Bahrani, 2008)

With Goodbye Solo Ramin Bahrani, the Brooklyn-based Iranian-American from North Carolina, regains some of the artistic ground he lost with his sentimental Chop Shop (2007) following his fine, evocative Man Push Cart (2005). Bahrani’s continuing focus on lower- and working-class lives, the “other America,” gratifies; whereas Man Push Cart centers on a Pakistani immigrant, a […]