When a producer loses her long-time collaborator-director to heart attack, she withdraws into herself, moves into the suburbs and takes up a job of a cleaning lady with a young actress to get her mind off the tragedy. Her relationship with the actress’s young French teacher who is also an aspiring filmmaker raises questions about life and the meaning of art, and gradually helps her to take a grip on life. The scene where they debate Christopher Nolan and Yasujiro Ozu is amongst one of the most insightful reflections on cinema, dealt with a lightness of touch.
Kim Cho-Hee’s LUCKY CHAN-SIL (2019, South Korea) is an elegiac, yet humorous tale playing on MUBI.
Ranjan das is a Mumbai based filmmaker and faculty.