Ritesh Batra shines at Palm Springs
Right at the start of 2017, the 28th Palm Springs International Film Festival opened on January 2nd with Ritesh Batra’s latest film, ‘The Sense of an Ending’.
The film stars Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling along with Harriet Walter, Emily Mortimer, and Michelle Dockery. It is based on the Julian Barnes novel about a three-way love story and its repercussions over ensuing decades.
“A couple of years back, festival audiences fell in love with Indian director Ritesh Batra’s genuine gem of a debut, ‘The Lunchbox’, in which an accountant on the brink of retirement exchanges intimate notes with the complete stranger who has been cooking for him each day. That low-key treasure displayed Batra’s unique touch for the subtle sense of longing and mystery that can haunt men of a certain age, and proved to be an ideal precursor to the director’s first English language film, ‘The Sense of an Ending’, a well-acted, if somewhat trickier dish to digest, focusing on a British divorcée’s futile search for closure to a long-ago relationship. Batra, in his first outing since making an international name for himself four years ago with ‘The Lunchbox’, does a subtle, nuanced job in dealing with the old folks’ unearthed primal issues, even as his film settles for reassuring lessons learned rather than challenging provocations.”
Link to the full article: http://variety.com/2017/film/reviews/the-sense-of-an-ending-review-1201953824/