Quick Review: Touching and heartwarming
Staring: Amir Farroukh Hashemian, Bahare Seddiqi
Release date: 1997
McCain DVD Call: 1864
Hashemian and Seddiqi are officially the cutest child actors. EVER. Both turn out amazing performances in Iranian director Majid Majidi’s poignant film about childhood and sibling bonds. After Ali looses Zahra’s only pair of shoes, Ali begs Zahra not to tell their father. Their family is poor, and he doesn’t want to add additional stress to their home dynamic. Instead, Ali and Zahra figure out a way that they can share Ali’s pair of shoes until Ali finds a way to get her a new pair. Ali’s dedication to his sister and Zahra’s cleverness are real strengths of the film. For those of you interested in film history, the film had strong shadows of The Bicycle Thief (1948) and Italian Neo-Realism.
Children of Heaven is only Iranian film to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
Release Date: 2008
Quick Rating: Hauntingly fantastic
McCain DVD Call #: 1925
What happens when you take two of the most competant actors of our time, throw them together with the director of American Beauty (Sam Mendes), and add a splash of composer Thomas Newman’s genius? Revolutionary Road happens, that’s what!
Set in 1950s Connecticut, the film tells the story of Frank (DiCaprio) and April (Winslet), two disenchanted suburbanites who can’t seem to confront the disapointment they feel in their lives. A film very much about the obsession to socially conform in the 1950s and make a life that resembles a Norman Rockwell painting, Revolutionary Road crept up on my emotions and left me feeling devastated. It’s a beautiful film that deserves to be watched again and again. The two-actor show of DiCaprio and Winselt is something you can’t take your eyes off of; the writing is fantastic and Mendes’ visual poetry is trancendent.