Thursday, October 02, 2008

Elippathayam (Rat Trap) by Adoor Gopalakrishnan



A great film about the various responses to life: inaction, escape, rebellion and suffering. Each of these responses is expressed by different characters in the film. The film is a marvelous portrait of the village life in Kerala. The performances, and the music, are consistently remarkable.

The film makes one uncomfortable precisely because one knows that what one is condemning on-screen is not far from what one has been guilty of oneself at times: Avoidance of Reality.

4 comments:

onlyne said...

Kerala made fine films about social injustice...long long ago I saw Thulabharum with the immortal Sarada about a woman who is compelled to poison her children ...Sarada later unsuccessfully transmigrated in Bollywood...it was a film whose memory has lingered...

smashit said...

hi Harmanjit,

thanks for letting us know about this film. I have been trying to watch some malayalam films, especially by Adoor. Can you tell me where to get malayalam films with english subs ?

harmanjit said...

http://tinyurl.com/6n9grc might be legal in your part of the world.

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