Louder Than Bombs |Review| Eu4ic Entertainments

 

Film : Louder Than Bombs

Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Isabelle Huppert & Jesse Eisenberg.

Director: Joachim Trier.

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A famous war photographer –  “Isabelle”/Mother

A former actor turned, teacher – “Gene”/ Father

A young man who’s trying to get a hold of his responsibilities- “Jonah”/Elder son

An introverted teenager – “Conard”/Younger son

A tragedy strikes. The mother/Isabelle ( the famed war photographer) dies in a car accident.

3 years, later…

These 3 men are trying to cope up with their loss.  New details emerge from the death, and how these 3 men deal with it forms the crux of the story.

 

The dynamics between these three men are now very different.

Much more than that,  they have their own issues to deal with it.

 

Gene begins to have an affair, with his younger son’s teacher. She’s a lady much much younger to him.  He is also at the same time very concerned about his younger son. So he ends up getting too much into his space.

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Jonah seems to be struggling with his newly found fatherhood. He is also not sure about his marriage , He subtly tries to avoid his wife, whenever he can. He’s doesn’t know how to deal with either fatherhood or marriage.

 

The younger son- Conard has completely withdrawn himself from reality. He prefers playing video games on his PC instead. He doesn’t talk at all to his father, and there is a huge communication gap between the two. He likes a girl in class, but he’s too shy to even talk/approach her..

3 years after the tragedy, Jonah comes home to visit his dad and little brother. There is an article which is going to be written about Isabelle (wife/mother). The incomplete work/photos of Isabelle has to be re-looked by the family, before giving it to a journalist/friend who is to write the article.

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Memories of the past keep popping up.

Everybody has had a different relationship with Isabelle. Jonah recollects the time when his mother found solace visiting him during his college.

The Younger son, always missed  playing hide n seek with his mom, and immensely missed her warm hugs.

 

Gene had a different relationship altogether, as Isabelle used to keep travelling from one place to another. Her passion for photography was so strong, that sometimes there used to be days when she wasn’t at home. They used to have occasional rifts regarding  her travelling for work,

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& when Isabelle was home, she sort of had this strange feeling and thinking why she isn’t out clicking photos instead . It took her time to adjust to the environment of home, even though she loved her family very much.

This is a slow brewing film. Every emotion, every action , every frame has been very sensitively dealt with.

The scenes bring out the raw emotions from the actors. The conflicts of the characters are internal. There are no heavy crying scenes, or scenes where the characters are screaming at each other.

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The film is an intersection of grief and memories. Life will keep moving on, it’s how one moves along with it.

Isabelle Played by the beautiful Isabelle Huppert is mesmerising. She appears only in flashbacks of the film. Her look, her eyes, the way she talks, and her passion as a photographer is very well depicted.

Gene played by Gabriel Byrne , does complete justice to his character. He portrays the emotions of a troubled father/husband beautifully. He plays the most understanding character in the film.

Jonah played by Jesse Eisenberg , gives a brilliant performance. He conveys every emotion through his body language. His confusion on dealing with responsibilities would be relatable to every young person out there.

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Conard played by Devin Druid is the surprise package of the film.  He plays the introverted teenager perfectly. There’s a scene in the film where Jonah gets to know more about his brother by reading a write up on conard’s PC which reveals what exactly runs in the mind of Conard. This scene will definitely blow you away.

The screenplay of the film has internal monologues of all the characters, which is what sets it apart from the rest. There are no major conflicts nor there is an intense resolution in the film.

The camera work is phenomenal.  No! it’s not the stunning visuals, but a stunning view to how humans are and can be. The camera work  gets into the personal spaces of these characters.

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The family drama is carefully crafted by Joachim Trier. Its like a beautiful painting with strokes of black, white & colour all over, but these aren’t just random strokes, Every stroke has a reason and has a meaning.

If you want to watch a drama, without all the melodrama , go ahead and give this one a look!

Watch the trailer here:

 

 

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Imtiaz Ali|Director’s Special|Eu4ic Entertainments

Imtiaz Ali.

The man who completely changed the game. He’s an artist who’s not afraid to experiment. His take on relationships have changed the dynamics of the regular run of the mill love stories.

His narration of stories have flashes of art in them. There’s humming poetry in all his films. His music never disappoints and In fact with each movie he digs in a little deeper in the minds of his characters.

Somewhere, somehow you relate to his characters in every film. You fall for them. Whether it’s Geet from Jab We Met,  Ved Vardhan from Tamasha or Aditi Sahni for Socha Na Tha.

He’s charms the audience with his style of narrating stories, & his films have a repeat value, which is a very rare thing!

The more number of times you watch his films, the more you enjoy them…

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Socha Na tha, came way back in 2005. He was launched in the industry by Sunny Deol…and Imtiaz had the task of launching Abhay Deol.

The film was a washout when it released, When it was out on Television/DVDs, people started to watch it, and they enjoyed it, & they were like why didn’t we see it in the theatres! It has gained a cult following since.

It has a different spin on how two people who meet in an arranged marriage set up, reject each other, get close to each other, and then decide they are better off their separate ways, only to get back with each other.

Too much drama? Well, but isn’t how the youth is now? The audience got exposed to situations happening in his film – situations closer to reality. The movie connected well with the youngsters, & its entertaining narrative connected universally.

Jab We Met, his second venture, was a surprise hit!  There was no hype before the release, but the word of mouth was so so positive….It took the audiences to a whole different journey of madness with it’s lead characters. The film made us laugh, cry and made us strong enough to take our own decisions.

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Imitaz Ali, certainly knows the true power of cinema.  He blends logic & heart almost seamlessly in his films.

His big breakthrough though, was the hard hitting Rockstar. He completely evolved as a story teller, this film was more darker, the emotions were more raw, and the performance of it’s lead character took the film to another level.

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The editing of the film was top notch, and the screenplay of the film was one of the biggest takeaways.

In Highway, we got to see the poetic side of Imtiaz Ali. This film was just Gorgeous. It was a visual delight with hard hitting performances.

Love Aaj Kal & Cocktail ( written by Mr. Ali), were so refreshingly good as romantic comedies! These films had such a unique twist in romance, that it automatically checks into your list of the best- feel- good -rom-coms.

 

But his best work till date, we feel is Tamasha.  The movie released to mixed responses, It didn’t do great at the box office.

Somehow, people expected it to be as sparkly as how the Ranbir-Deepika jodi was in  YJHD. It wasn’t. & thank god for that.

Because it was much much better. …

In this film, Imtiaz Ali, bears it all, no barrels held…..He narrates one of the most complex stories in the simplest fashion.

Tamasha as quoted by Imtiaz Ali himself:

“Tamasha has that kind of love which makes a normal person extraordinary, which makes a commoner an artist.”

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He continues:

“What ‘Tamasha’ is trying to say is that don’t be satisfied with the stories you hear around you, create your own myth, choose your own story. Sometimes in trying to belong, you lose your edge, you become blunt and you forget who you are unless someone comes to remind you, someone who has seen you at that time. It’s not that simple because it takes the undoing of entire life’s experience to get in touch with yourself and your wild energy.”

Today is you’re birthday! & we can’t thank you enough for enchanting us with your beautiful films.

We wish you all the love & luck..

Oh & yes…We c’ant wait for August 4th any longer!

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We don’t think you’d like to miss our fav Imtiaz Ali Song: