Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Nandana Sen
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Black is brilliant and bright!
T. Rosa | The Ballot State, Florida United States | 02/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a Southasian film nut...this is no Bollywood film. This is one of the best films to come out of India. It is Cinematically one of the best films made in a very long time.
It would be silly to suggest that one should not see the immediate reference to the Miracle Worker - Helen Keller's story...but one should definately be pleased with the creative departure taken by the writer and director of this great film, to go beyond and tell a deeper story. Expression is the key to this story and how Michelle is able to express her feelings both happy and sad, her angst both deep and low, her frustration high and tense is amazingly beautiful to watch. Some people I know who can speak, hear and see don'thave such an ability.
The relationship between Michelle and her Teacher is so close and so intimate she can see and hear him and he can hear her...without a single word being exchanged. I love this story as it develops. Where the teacher initially reaches in to pull Michelle out of her darkness, in the end Michelle will reach in to pull him out. I don't want to say more than that because it would spoil the story. See this movie if you can get your hands on it. The actors are wonderful and add the special touch to making this one of my favorite movies of all time."
This is where you go from up!
Lee Jilek | Nebraska | 06/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm as mentally tough and emotionally stunted as they come. I use humor or some other mechanism to avoid feeling a genuine emotion when watching films. I watched "Black" alone late at night. At one point in the second half of the film I said out loud softly, "Oh, my, god" and broke down with no one there to see me. It was real. I watched it again the following evening with my wife who was seeing it for the first time. She started crying way before it did, the wimp.
When watching this film one will realize that (except for one important moment) sometimes the characters express things out loud knowing full well that Michelle cannot hear. This is done so you know what the characters are thinking. Also there is communication directly with Michelle by the characters (aside from what is said during signing) where the labor of communication is abbreviated and Michelle understands. This is a skillfully used mechanism to enhance the flow of the film. Bravo, Rani! Bravo Amitabh! Bravo Ayesha and everyone else who had anything to do with the making of this amazing film.
Sublime with only one problem
Marcos Rubinstein | Switzerland | 05/18/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The movie is beautifully made and the story is interesting and full of emotional content. The acting can be so convincing that one wonders if the main character is acting or if she actually suffers from the portrayed condition. The only problem is the quality of the translation in the subtitles, although I can only speak for the Spanish version which is the one I used.
All in all, this is definitely a film I recommend strongly to anyone."
Moving. Brilliant. Beautiful cinematography. 1st trip to Bol
Haley Bloon | Northern CA | 12/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film will leave you breathless. Although some may inadvertently, or consciously even, pass it over thinking it is another take on the Helen Keller story, you will be left moved. The brilliant acting, direction, and shots of the characters will stay with you for a long time.
I highly recommend the soundtrack which is available on the two-disc set. The soundtrack will haunt you; settling in the joy that is within all of us.
If this is your first trip to Bollywood, I wish you well, and know you will be touched, longing to return. This is a perfect first film to be introduced to the actors whom you may then choose to see in their other films.
No American production has even come close to exposing you to this purely raw and brilliant acting; touching you merely by exposing the recognition in each of the characters, invoking empathy, as we all have had people in our lives with qualities that are portrayed by each actor in this film.
The cinematography, both long shot and in the character involved close-up scenes, will leave you weak in the knees.