BENGALURU: You might have watched a lot of movies at the BIFFES and you might have liked a few of them too, but, did you understand all of which you saw?
A South Korean movie, Yourself and Yours, that was screened on Tuesday left the audience wondering what exactly the end meant. A tale of a young couple who go through a breakup the ending of the movie raised more question than gave answers.
According to Narahari Rao, a film critic says that it’s ok if people do not get all the movies since there may be cases where a director was not able to convey what he wanted. In other cases cultural differences could also be a factor in the failure to understand the context of a movie. “Of the 100 to 200 movies selected at the fest a few are bound not to be understood,” he says.
Fran Hine, a London resident presently in Bengaluru has watched few movies at the BIFFES but one movie left her quite frustrated. “I watched an Egyptian movie called In The Last Day of The City. It is about a film producer in Egypt.
I was not able to understand what the director was trying to tell. There were a number of weird shots. I got so frustrated that I was not able to get the ending that I researched on it later but it still did not
add up,” she says. Her friend Amala PM also found te movie vague.
D R Sampath, director also recounts a French movie called Nocturama that according to him made no sense. The movie is about a group of youth who commit various acts of state terrorism and are ultimatly meet their end. “There were a number of actions that for me as an audience member did not make sense. For example why did the actors have to hole themselves up in a shopping mall and not escape elsewhere,” he says.
Narahari further says that a movie just like poetry is open to interpretation by the audience. “You can’t expect common audiences to do a course in film appreciation and come to film fests like this,” he says.