The line between documentaries and fiction is blurred sometimes and no more so than in the first two movies.
1) In This World (2002 movie directed by Michael Winterbottom): Rating 8/10
It starts off like a documentary, then switches to fiction mode and when it ends, you realize the story was based on true events. And the amazing cinematography, with appropriate close-ups makes you feel like you are a traveler in the film. The story is simple enough: a street smart boy agrees to lead another fellow Afghan refugee from
2) Mountain Patrol (original title, Kekexili, directed by Chuan Lu): Rating 9.5/10
WOW! Another movie based on a true story – the film shows the efforts of the Tibetan mountain patrol setup to prevent poaching of the endangered Tibetan Antelope. The poachers love hunting this animal because of the expensive price that the fur fetches. But the Tibetans want to protect the animal before it becomes extinct. The movie is from the point of view of a Chinese journalist who tags along with the patrol in search of the poachers. Visually this movie is beautiful. And the screenplay is very good as well. Once again, I was caught up in the movie. The patrol’s life is not easy and this movie captures the hardships in the lonely desolate stretch of land.
3) Les Fils Du Vent (Son of the Wind, directed by Julien Seri): Rating 4/10
I had such high hopes of this movie but was let down quite a bit. The movie starts off in