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Honey Boy, And Then We Danced are IFFI special films

On the first day of screenings at the International Film Festival of India, three movies get special appreciations from the moviegoers.
by Aravind Peesapati | November 22, 2019 16:15 IST
Honey Boy, And Then We Danced are IFFI special films

The film Honey boy traces the journey of a young actor who tries to reconcile with his father after surviving a turbulent childhood. A decent enough drama on the father-Son relationship. The back and forth narration some times disturbs the mood. The first half is light-hearted with humor in parts. The latter half could have been better. The music is good. Cinematography is fantastic. The kid's performance is topnotch. The kid-Dad scenes got stretched a bit. There are many questions unanswered like why the son got addicted to drinking and now the relationship with his mother etc;

 
And Then We Danced movie tells the story of Lifelong dance partners got threatened by the introduction of a charismatic rival. This film is basically a musical/dance-based flick. The Georgian instrumentation is pleasing. Cinematography is top-notch. The lead actor Levan has done a fantastic job. All the actors have given their best. The narration is good. Even though few scenes are predictable in the latter half the performances make us stick throughout. The love story and the family scenes including the brothers' thread have come out well. This movie definitely haunts you for a while even after you walk out of the theatre.
 
Portrait of a Lady on Fire is yet another film studded with performances. The brilliant locations which are colorful and picturesque stun you. Cinematography is excellent. Even though most of the blocks are steady they make you feel alive. The complete movie revolves around female characters only. Music is excellent and in the last half an hour it played a major role in lifting the scenes. Even though the film has a lot of repetitive scenes it hardly bores you. The initial portions had narrated a bit slowly. The direction is fantastic. The director succeeded well in establishing the life of a young woman on an isolated island and her transformation. A truly worth-watching film.


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