articles by Prathap Nair


Xavier Dolan's Matthias & Maxime deftly explores a sexual identity crisis between two male friends

Melancholic and pensive, Matthias & Maxime plays out as an ode to a quarter-life sexual identity crisis between two grown men.


Family Romance, LLC movie review: Werner Herzog explores the complex popularity of Japan's Rent-a-Family industry

Family Romance, LLC, now streaming on MUBI India, benefits from director Werner Herzog’s masterful execution.


In Germany, lockdown to contain coronavirus outbreak has meant a summer without...summer itself

Starting with the opening of biergartens in spring and bookended with the drunken bedlam of Oktoberfest, German summers are a call for the outdoors for a population battered and bruised by long-drawn winters with gray skies and short days.


Onward movie review: Pixar's new film has a strong emotional premise but relies too heavily on slapstick humour

Onward follows the lives of two elf brothers, Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley (Chris Pratt), and their quest to reunite with their long-deceased father briefly.


Berlinale 2020: Jarvier Bardem's performance in The Roads Not Taken elevates its lacklustre screenplay

The Roads Not Taken premiered at #Berlinale2020 and is scheduled for a worldwide release on 13 March.


There Is No Evil review: Iranian film that won the Golden Bear at Berlinale 2020 could be the next global blockbuster

Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof’s There Is No Evil won the top honour, the Golden Bear, at Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival.


Berlinale 2020 opening film My Salinger Year, based on Joanna Rakoff’s memoir, fails to rise above its subject matter

My Salinger Year is a tastefully done tribute to Rakoff’s years at Salinger’s literary agency but at the lack of narrative tension or real friction, it feels flat like a bottle of champagne left out too long, hence lost its fizz.


At the Berlinale Talents programme as part of the prestigious film festival, India sees sizable representation

Berlinale Talents program will run concurrently with the film festival from 22-27 February, 2020.


Diego Maradona review: Asif Kapadia's docu strives to be comprehensive, but doesn't offer earth-shattering insights

Diego Maradona is punctuated by an electrifying tempo that delivers the thrills of watching a football match


Ranthambore's star tigress Machhli finds a place in Katy Yocom's book Three Ways to Disappear

Many of the tiger scenes in the book Three Ways to Disappear are based on actual experiences of Katy Yocom spotting Machhli. While at its heart the book is about family tragedies, lost connections and a seemingly failing marriage, endangered tiger conservation in the Aravalli forests forms the epicenter of the novel’s plot


Cannes 2019: Italian director Marco Bellocchio’s The Traitor is a gratuitously lengthy biopic of Tommaso Buscetta

Italian director Marco Bellocchio’s (Fists in the pocket, Blood of My Blood) The Traitor is a modishly shot, sweeping yet gratuitously lengthy biopic of Tommaso Buscetta


Cannes 2019: French-Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche's Mektoub is a baffling head-spinner of a film

For the second film in the Mektoub trilogy French-Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche auctioned off the Palme d’Or he won for his moving 2013 first film. But was it worth it?


Cannes 2019: With solid performances, The Wild Goose Lake leaves no breathing space for tedium

Even if one forgets The Wild Goose Lake’s premise long after the movie is over, its inventive imagery will stay with you for longer.


Cannes 2019: Festival makes a strong case for diversity as black, queer artists gain prominence

In the Cannes 2019 competition selection, Mati Diop became the first black woman to be nominated for her richly imagined and metaphorically told, Atlantique


Street Food review: Netflix series is an excellent primer for gastronomy at grassroots level in South Asia

Street Food, a nine-part series, democratises the nature of food shows in a way no other food show has done in Netflix before.


Cannes 2019: Michael Angelo Covino's debut feature Climb is a funny yet insightful take on toxic friendships

Screened at the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, Climb is directed by Michael Angelo Covino and written in partnership with Kyle Marvin, the duo that play the lead.


Special review: Netflix's millennial show about a disabled gay man is too nice for its own good

Special's target audience is millennials, which is made clear in almost every episode. What it is not is a commentary on the difficulties of navigating public spaces as a differently-abled person or even a realistic portrayal of a gay man living with cerebral palsy.


After Life review: Ricky Gervais is in his usual form, but this Netflix show is surprisingly likeable

After Life is a show about grief, perhaps on how not to grieve and lose touch with humanity.


A Tale of Three Sisters: After Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, an equally stirring Turkish version worth exploring

As geographically dissimilar as they are, Roma and A Tale of Three Sisters have their hearts in harmony and share a central narrative significant to the lives of marginalised women. Only, it’s disheartening A Tale of Three Sisters may not find a widespread audience.


Berlinale 2019: A First Farewell is a poetic, often disheartening look into the lives of China’s Uyghur minorities

Albeit firmly apolitical, A First Farewell offers rare insights into the rapid homogenisation of a unique culture through imposition of language politics.