Last week, Mumbai was blessed with the 17th edition Mumbai Film Festival that opened in Cinemas all over the city. It is organized by Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) and I can say that it was the best marketed edition ever. Compared to previous editions, this one had long queues and popular multiplexes under its radar, that was also helped in the increased awareness of the event.Barring few cancelled shows, event partner Bookmyshow.com also deserves the credit for handling the bookings and screening very professionally.
In this series, I have decided to the review the movies that I had a pleasure to watch during the festival. Though I missed the A-listers like Lobster, Taxi Tehran and Room but I did manage other interesting tittles.
I should have not watched this movie first thing in the morning. Starring Tim Roth, Chronic is the story of the male nurse who takes intense care of his terminal patience. Needless to say that the movie had a sad ending.
It has a very non-Hollywood screenplay. For the mainstream movie-goers, this movie will depend extra time to adjust with the pace and atmosphere. Tim is an excellent character actor and he embraced this complicated character. There is history of personal loss that results to over-compensating with the patients but thankfully the narration does not goes into flash-back.
Another thing that works for the movie is the use of still cameras. The convenience of of using background scores was eliminated to allow the sound to be more complimenting the atmosphere.
Though there are so many elements that work for the movie but there is also the case of missed opportunity. Many things in the movie seemed inconclusive, I guess director wanted audience to make their own conclusions. The end seemed like a forced period in middle of a complicated sentence and some supporting cast were deprived of the deserving screen time.
To conclude, I can say that Chronic is a great film festival movie but it will be interesting to see the reaction of the box office about this one. Tim Roth proves his meddle again but even for its novelty, the movie had some missing ingredients. I rate Chronic by director Michel Franco 3.5/5, may be half extra for those camera works.
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