El Mudo {The Mute}

El Mudo

Why Watch It: For its non-judgmental story about the world of judges, cops, criminals, and families in Peru. For the direction of Diego Vega Vidal and Daniel Vega Vidal. For the acting of Fernando Bacilio.

Warning: Plot Spoilers ahead.

Review: Constatino Zeggara {Fernando Bacilio}, a Peruvian judge, who is seen to be tough on crime, gets shot in his neck and loses his voice. Because of his inability to speak, he faces challenges in his work, and has to deal with changes in his household led by his wife Otilia{Norka Ramirez} and his daughter.

So Constantino must learn to speak, to cope with his new job responsibilities, and to navigate the dynamics with his family members. The police suspect that he may have been accidentally shot. But he declines to believe this. He keeps pushing the police to investigate criminals he has been tough on, even resorting to bribery. How Constantino copes up with the changes at the workplace and house, investigates the shooting, and tries to recover his voice is artfully shown in this subtitled film.

Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars. Almost gets very interesting but misses the spot because of the slow pace.

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A Fold in My Blanket (Chemi sabnis naketsi)

Dimitrij{top} and Andrej{bottom} on an unreal adventure

Dimitrij{top} and Andrej{bottom} on an unreal adventure

Why Watch It: Cause I said so. Okay I’m kidding. The Georgia movie, written and directed by Zaza Rusadze, has got some nice moments . It explores the friendship between two male protagonists quite effectively. There’s also the breath-taking views of some Georgian mountains.

Warning: Plot spoilers ahead

Story: Andrej, a young unemployed man with emotional stability issues in a town in Georgia {the European country not the US state} keeps getting into trouble. Another young man, Dimitrij, in the neighborhood seems to have his head firmly on his shoulders, and appears interested in helping him. The troubled young man gets invited to go for climbing excursions in the Georgian mountains/hills This offers Andrej an outing and some reason to get out of the  house, and Dimitrij a change from his monotonous court-room job. It also aids them to bond as friends. However, we learn that there’s something terribly wrong when the police come knocking on the door, accusing Andrej of murdering a man on the streets. Dimitrij readily offers an alibi but Andrej refuses to use it. The nature excursions were a delusion harbored by Dimitrij’s bored and lonely mind. Finally, in the closing shot it seems that Dimitrij is trying to make peace with himself.

Rating: 3.5 for the capturing the beauty of nature in Georgia and the underplaying of the parts by the actors Tornike Bziava{Dimitrij} and Tornike Gogrichiani{Andrej}.

Hush {Suti}

Female protogonist Beba with her young daughter

Female protogonist Beba with her young daughter

Why Watch It: Just so that we don’t forget what a deep-seated problem child abuse is. And to remind ourselves how a hard-hitting film should be look and feel like.

Disclaimer: Plot spoilers ahead.

Story: Beba {Tihana Lazovic}, while giving a bath to her little daughter, discovers signs of sexual abuse. She confronts her drug-dealing husband Mirko {Zivko Anocic} about and it becomes obvious that he was the rapist. During the fight that ensues he hits her and walks out and she stabs him on the leg with a scissor as he is leaving. Terribly upset, she settles in the bath with her daughter and puts on the gas, presumably to commit suicide and kill her daughter.

Then she looks back at her past and remembers various horrific incidents. Her mother {Lana Baric} was always ill and her father {Milan Plestina} was a rough man. One fine day, her father left along with the mother and gave her and her brother in the care of a porn maker. When she and her brother grew up to be teens, her father was back in their lives and tearing off her clothes on camera for the porn movies. When her father got violent with her at one point of time, her brother attacked with a hammer. But the father took the hammer from him and crushed the head of the brother.

Later Beba was in jail and got romantically involved with Mirko, when she learned through a letter about about her father’s death. She then married Mirko but the celebration was marred by her husband’s friend rape attempt on the jail’s official.

After recalling all these events, she takes a decision and sends her daughter to go to a particular neighbor and report the crime. She continues sitting in the bath even as she imagines that her dead mother has joined her there. She tells her dead mother that as a child she could not tell during her childhood about what had been done to her.

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars. I strongly recommend watching this Croatian film written and directed by Lucas Nola. To make it a perfect for me as a viewer, I would have liked the female protagonist to go along with the young daughter who is after all a small child.