Grab number 2
Welcome to [Film Grab], glad we grabbed your attention!
[Film Grab] is a monthly rubric that contains a bunch of movie recommendations.
The heading’s title is inspired/stolen from an actual website called [Film Grab] that I vividly recommend!
For each movie, you can find its synopsis, some personal and general reviews that I found on Letterboxd and some screenshots of scenes that I liked in the movie.
This month’s theme is [Films lead by children].
1.The 400 blows (1959) ‘Les Quatre Cent Coups’
For young Parisian boy Antoine Doinel , life is one difficult situation after another. Surrounded by inconsiderate adults, including his neglectful parents .Antoine spends his days with his best friend, Rene,trying to plan for a better life. When one of their schemes goes awry, Antoine ends up in trouble with the law, leading to even more conflicts with unsympathetic authority figures.
Its a very fresh and piercingly honest portrayal of troubled youth to the screen. Truffaut handles this autobiographical film with remarkable ease and aesthetics. This film about a troubled youth growing up in Paris still stands as one that helped define the New Wave era in France. Go watch it!
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi
2.Turtles can fly (2004) ‘لاک پشت ها هم پرواز می کنند’
Turtles can fly tells the story of a group of young children near the Turkey-Iran border. They clean up mines and wait for the Saddam regime to fall.
Turtles can fly shows a world where characters exist between life and death between hope and despair, it’s an emotional triumph. In this film there is no meaning of childhood nor traditional family. With humourous touch, the director captured perfectly the children sombre story in refugee camps . A must see film in every sense of the word.
Directed by Nietzchka Keene
3.The Juniper Tree (1990)
Margit and her older sister, Katla, flee their homeland after their mother is killed for practicing witchcraft. Needing a place to stay, Katla casts a spell over a young farmer named Jóhann which makes him fall in love with her.
A rich and revolutionary movie. The cinematography is really great. There are a lot of really beautiful shots, and the musical score combined with it makes this movie really breathtaking sometimes . Björk ( the reason why i watched this movie ) brings an calm to her visionary role, and occasionally sings.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga
4.Beasts Of No Nation (2015)
In an unknown place in the world, and after the loss of his family, young Agu runs off only to find a clan of young ones lead by a Commandant. As they teach him to hold his own in the war and kill.
Beasts of no nation shines a light on the untold story of the African child soldiers, it’s a powerful tale of the lost innocence. The film didn’t specify what part of Africa the story is rolling, didn’t focus too much on the battle scenes nor the dialogue but the entire highlight was on the characters gradual transformation, and their mental state. so if you have a strong nerve i highly recommend this unforgettable work .
Directed by Brian Percival
5.The book Thief (2013)
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents.
One of the most poignant and haunting movies ones can watch. Its beautiful and it moves to an effortless pace , not too fast not too slow , allowing us to become immersed in the realities of Liesel’s situation. A powerfully emotional treat you won’t regret !
Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven
6.Free Spirit (2015) ‘Mustang’
When five orphan girls are seen innocently playing with boys on a beach, their scandalized conservative guardians confine them while forced marriages are arranged.
Mustang (free spirit ) offers you a laugh and a tear. IT takes a vivid understanding on these five young ladies and how they cope against the strict, imposing rules by their family And with humor and delicate view the director films them in their freedom, their sorrow and their revolt. A provocative and a powerful story you have to watch!
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Humbert Humbert is a European professor who relocates to an American suburb, renting a room from lonely widow Charlotte Haze . Humbert marries Charlotte, but only to nurture his obsession with her comely teenage daughter, Lolita. After Charlotte’s sudden death, Humbert has Lolita all to himself — or does he?
It’s delightful, horrifying, hilarious, engaging, and repulsive in the same time. Every scene is thoughtfully framed to express just the apt emotion or reveal a new clue. One of my favorite movies of the genius Kubrick. A masterpiece !
Directed by Haifa al Mansour
8.Wadjda (2012) ‘وجدة’
Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy, Wadjda sees a bicycle for sale,she wants it desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race,but her mother won’t allow it fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try and raise the money herself.
Wadjda’s story is a portrait of the Saudi Arabian women challenging life . This 10 year old girl who finds herself seeking a sinful desire in society’s point of view, where radical traditions are taken seriously. A society who believes that riding bikes prevents women from getting kids or makes them lose their virginity . Personally I don’t see Wadjda as a rebellious or a stubborn girl , she symbolises the fight for women’s freedom and hope for a better future in a most conservative region like the middle east. I highly recommend this movie because it is the first film made by a female saudi director, filmed entirely on saudi soil.
Directed by Karin Albou
9.The wedding son (2008)
The Nazi occupation of Tunisia strains the bonds of friendship between tow youngsters , one is Muslim and the other is Jewish, who are both preparing for their marriages.
The film is a complex study of teenage friendship that touches on war , religion ,class politics , race and sexual roles. A relatable topic till this day . Both of the main characters dream of happy mariages in societies and religious culture that keep women as objects used by men. A very powerful message denouncing obscenities within patriarchy and valuing two different cultures by showing their particularities and traditions. Highly recommend it!
Directed by Andrés Wood
Two 12-year-old Chilean children from different social classes become friends in 1973. They both discover each other’s world as political tensions in their country increase.
It’s a touching story about friendship ,beautifully shot and rewarding. Machuca reaches back to history in a very intimate and personal way . Andres wood’s gave a well balanced view of each side in the movie. A truly great piece of filmmaking ,worth seeing .
Mehdi & Eya.