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Dolce and Namak

Gah, that image at the end with the bucket of water and the little tree is so perfect! As is every single image in the film, you don't dare take your eyes off the screen! I liked this movie quite a bit and I'm happy it was the one chosen to compete for the Oscars, but I do wonder how the Western world would perceive it. I may explore that in a blog post...

Glad you wrote it up, but also glad I didn't read it before finishing the movie. I wanted to be surprised by everything in it.. And I was, for better or worse... :-/

katherine

I know -- I think I struggled with this one for so long partly because I loved the film, and partly because I couldn't find a way around dealing with the ending without giving it away. In my heart of hearts I knew they would never make that pilgrimage, but I kept hoping. And oh, how I admired Abu for sticking to his principles no matter how much he wanted to go.

I'm with you, too, wondering how it would be perceived -- not only in the west, but outside of Kerala, because it's a quintissentially Mallu film, I think. At least, from my limited experience watching Malayalam films. But probably more complicated for Westerners, so look forward to your thoughts.

Leaf

I haven't seen the film, but, Katherine, I'd be really interested in hearing you elaborate on why you think it's so quintessentially Malayalee.

katherine

@Leaf -- first, I'm no expert, so this is just a feeling I had watching the film, and from having watched a lot of films from all over India. And I'm not sure there's any one thing about the film I can put my finger on, but it just feels more like some of the really wonderful Malayalam films that made me want to dig deeper into that cinema. The village Abu lives in might seem utopic on some level, with people of different faiths supporting each other, but that always feels more real to me than it does, say, when it's used as a device in Hindi films like Amar, Akbar, Anthony (and others).

There's something, too, in the storytelling -- a strong message (here of faith) that is told in a way that doesn't hit me over the head with it. More effort in the crafting, more....I don't know, as I said, it's just a gut feeling.

It's interesting, because I just finished watching I Am Kalam -- and it was a great choice right on the heels of having watched AAA again. It's a similar type of film -- a message delivered in a delicate fashion, actors who are often stereotyped in mainstream cinema given a chance to do something different -- but I just didn't get the same feeling of being in a place and being rooted in a community or landscape.

Not sure if that answers the question -- though it's one I'm going to keep in mind, to see if I can form a better answer than, "this is more of a gut feeling."

:-)

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