Top30 Favorite Film Discoveries of 2015
25. Anna Karenina (1967) (Анна Каренина)
24. Win Win
23. Yo, También
Sometimes it feels I’m the only Lola Dueñas fan in the whole wide world~
Director Antonio Naharro has an English subtitled upload on YouTube!
22. Once Upon a Time in China (黃飛鴻)
I had a Once Upon a Time worldwide marathon this year~
21. Perhaps Love (如果·爱)
I’m a sucker for suffering tortured soul love stories , it’s the Asian in me.
To prep for my interview with director Pan Nalin, in promotions for the Indian release of Angry Indian Goddesses, I caught up with his work. My favorite was this one, about a Buddhist monk who decides to step away from his life of the path to enlightenment for his desire to explore human desire. The best bit, though, was the closing monologue by Christy Chung’s character:
Prince Siddhartha, Gautama, Sakyamuni, Buddha. Everybody knows these names, but Yashodhara? Yashodhara was married to Siddhartha, she loved him dearly. One night Siddhartha left her and their son, Rahul, while they were sleeping to seek Enlightenment to become Buddha. He did not even say a word to her when he left.
Yashodhara has shown compassion for the sick and ailing long before Siddhartha ever did, long before Siddhartha was even aware of suffering! Who can say if he owned his Enlightenment to her? Perhaps Yashodhara wanted to leave Siddhartha and Raul. How can we ever know if Yashodhara fell victim to anger, to loneliness or bitterness after Siddhartha left her.
Who even thought about her?
19. The Apu Trilogy [Restoration Clip]
18. Attack the Block
17. 8 Femmes
You had me at Ludivine Sagnier, Catherine Deneuve and Isabelle Huppert trapped in a house doing a murder musical.