5 Films I watched in February 2022

1. The Holiday (2006) – LA movie-trailer editor Amanda and London journalist Iris try to escape their romantic troubles by swapping houses for two weeks during the holidays.

2. The Terminal (2004) – Viktor Navorski gets stranded at an airport when a war rages in his country. He is forced by the officials to stay at the airport until his original identity is confirmed. This movie is actually based on the wild true-life story of Iranian refugee, Merhan Karimi Nasseri. He arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris in 1988 with the intention of travelling to the UK, but was turned away by immigration officials because he didn’t have a passport. However, since he couldn’t be returned to his origin country either, Nasseri spent the next 16 years living in an airport lounge.

3. Raincoat (2004) – Two estranged lovers meet after six years. As they spend a rainy evening together, they reminisce the moments that consolidated their love, and reflect upon the circumstances that separated them.

4. Private Life (2018) – A couple coping with infertility struggle to keep their marriage going as they navigate through the world of adoption and assisted reproduction.

5. Dimensions of Dialogue (1983) – This is a three-part depiction of various forms of communication. ‘Factual Discussion’ depicts three heads (made up of fruit, kitchen utensils and writing implements respectively) endlessly devouring and regurgitating each other. ‘Passionate Discourse’ shows two clay figures romantically intertwined, and the problems with dealing with the end product of their passion, while ‘Exhaustive Discussion’ shows two animated heads playing a bizarre variant of the old scissors-paper-stone game.