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Ten day You Challenge – Post 8: Three Films

July 31, 2011


I did not know how to write about only three movies, when there are scores of them which I like. Then I decided to write, not about the horror-romcom-drama genre that I usually watch and like, but on three completely different kind of movies which have left me in tears. If you have not watched any one of them, I suggest you get down immediately, but with tissues at hand. All three of them are based on different war scenarios, about people whose lives got destroyed and a strong message that humanity is above all the man-made differences.

Hotel Rwanda

This movie was screened in my law school in some seminar on Human Rights and I still remember how everybody around me, including boys were wiping their eyes constantly. It is that kind of movie, where if you do not shed tears, you would be considered “heartless”. The story of a humble Hotel Manager in Rwanda, who sacrificed his everything to save Tutsi refugees against the Hutu rebels in one of the worst civil wars of the world. He turned the most luxurious hotel into a refugee camp, sent his family away, made sure the women, children and the elderly were taken care of, while trying to save the lot from the bloody mayhem. Almost all the scenes are gut-wrenching, particularly one which shows thousands of bodies on the road in the fading day light. In that one shot, the movie makes you realise the extent of loss of innocent human lives in the genocide of Rwanda.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

I had mixed feelings when I decided to catch this movie in the Kolkata International Film Festival one year. But when I dabbed eyes dry at the end of it, I realised I had experienced one of the most touching movie about friendship in times of Holocaust between two most unlikely eight year old boys. The son of the commandant of a Nazi camp and that of an inmate of the camp strike up a pure and innocent friendship with far reaching consequences. When the German boy sneak into the Nazi camp to help his friend find his father (who seems to have perished in the gas chamber) the whole Hall groaned collectively, afraid of what might come next. The most heart-wrenching moment comes when the boy’s family looks for him inside the camp, while he, along with his friend and numerous others are shepherded into the gas chamber. Beautiful, poignant and hugely affecting, this movie is sure to win anyone’s heart.

No Man’s Land

There have been many movies made in the backdrop of war, but this movie, set in the midst of Serbian war, stole my heart due to the tragic ending. A Serbian and Bosnian solider are caught in a no man’s land in between their lines, while another Bosnian soldier is left lying on a land mine which would go off the moment he makes any move. Thus trapped, the three engage in heated debate about the war, which clearly brings forth the realisation that no war is ever fought because the people want to fight. They hurl abuses at each other, trying to survive at the same time. The ineptitudes of the UN is also shown, when the UN Protection Forces refuse to help the soldiers caught in between, until they face media pressure. But the most tragic is the ending, when the UN forces rescue the two, but leave the soldier lying on the mine, which they fail to diffuse. One has to watch it to experience the different questions it poses before the civilised society, to which one really has no answer.

These three are not necessarily my most favourite movies, but I feel strongly about them and hence decided to list them as part of the challenge. Do let me know your views on them.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2011 8:43 pm

    Then you surely haven’t watched “Idi e Smorti”, because then you’d name only that movie thrice in the list. Yes, it’s that powerful! πŸ™‚

    No I haven’t. I will definitely catch it at the next best opportunity available πŸ™‚

  2. swayambhu mukherjee permalink
    July 31, 2011 9:35 pm

    I really liked No Man’s Land….watched it after it beat Lagaan in the Oscars and is no doubt an awesome movie. And also Hotel Rwanda.

    Both are very emotionally charged movies πŸ™‚ I had a hard time, trying to stop the flowing tears πŸ™‚

  3. July 31, 2011 11:50 pm

    i should say its difficult to choose only 3 movies
    I liked ur choices

    Thank you πŸ™‚ Have you watched any of them?

  4. August 1, 2011 2:13 pm

    I watched them all. Liked them all. It is very difficult to name just three movies considering the number of movies I watch.. Good choice πŸ™‚

  5. Mainak Sankar Maiti permalink
    August 22, 2011 9:44 pm

    These are great films. Surely you have watched Pan’s Labyrinth and Schindler’s List. These two are not just my favorite war movies, they are also among the best films I’ve ever seen.

  6. Prasad permalink
    September 18, 2011 12:58 pm

    Good list… Schindler’s List, Grave of a Fireflies, & Paradise Now could be the grand daddies for these movies!! Watch Grave of a Fireflies.. It’s a rare variety of tragic cartoon…

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