THE WHITE TIGER
2021, Netflix, 125 min, India/USA, Dir: Ramin Bahrani

Balram Halwai (Adarsh Gourav) narrates his epic and darkly humorous rise from poor villager to successful entrepreneur in modern India. Cunning and ambitious, our young hero jockeys his way into becoming a driver for Ashok (Rajkummar Rao) and Pinky (Priyanka Chopra Jonas), who have just returned from America. Society has trained Balram to be one thing - a servant - so he makes himself indispensable to his rich masters. But after a night of betrayal, he realizes the corrupt lengths they will go to trap him and save themselves. On the verge of losing everything, Balram rebels against a rigged and unequal system to rise up and become a new kind of master. Based on the New York Times bestseller and 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel.


99 HOMES
2014, Broad Green Pictures, 112 min, USA, Dir: Ramin Bahrani

Anchored by outstanding central performances, this timely thriller is set in 2010, when Florida led the nation in foreclosures. One of the victims of that economic freefall is recently evicted single father Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield). Desperate to provide for his mother (Laura Dern) and son (newcomer Noah Lomax), Nash makes a deal with the devil – predatory real estate magnate Rick Carver (Michael Shannon). Carver and his unethical practices had cost Nash his home, but the money to be made by gaming the system at Carver’s behest could prove impossible to resist.


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