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Paat (2013) by Amir Todeh Roosta #WFF2013

Contemporary Iran viewed through the eyes of a stray German Shepherd. It turns out the main protagonists of everyday life are women who in reaction to men’s doings need to face their lives and tweak their existence to make ends meet.
The whole film consists of several episodes only connected by the dog witnessing the daily struggles of women.
Writer-director used the dog as an excuse to show various situations which otherwise would be difficult to connect.
The film offers an insight into what usually could be told in several shorts only here it is presented as one unique plot.

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Argo by Ben Affleck (2012)

One of the 2013 Oscar contenders.

Made with meticulous attention to detail – reflecting the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

Costumes, gadgets/props (as glasses, hairdos) bring to mind childhood memories when dads and moms wore those ridiculous tartan and tweed jackets. From that perspective (plus the cars) it is a job well done.

The grainy film takes us almost for trip back in time. Back into the times, when everyone constantly smoked, when smoking was allowed onboard commercial flights, when Swissair was an operating airline, when no industry crisis was heard of in Burbank, California.

This is based on a true story, therefore shortcuts were necessary. Unfortunately Affleck did not avoid oversimplifications – such as the moment when six people slowly walk out of the embassy under siege unobserved and undisturbed by anyone.

Overall, this is a good film, and probably an important film depicting the social changes in Iran over the last few decades. To an extent it fits into my favourite political genre and it is better than last year’s George Clooney’s “The Ides of March”.

I  would like to see the Academy appreciate the costumes, set design and the carefully led suspense.

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A Separation by Asghar Farhadi

Brilliant. Important. Well filmed. Fantastically directed, with impeccable acting. Convincing, touching, real.

One of those films that show us how little we know about other countries, other cultures, how different and yet how similar their every day lives are.

The kind of cinema that grabs you by the throat and will not let go for a long time.

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