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dustdevil liz

It arrived and I watched in Wednesday. Loved it!

I agree that the portrayal of faith was really interesting, and that the relationship between Balamani and Krishna was slightly more interesting than the romance. I particularly liked how Balamani's faith helped her to keep on track as her true self. There's one scene during all of the wedding preparations when she says (to her Krishna altar, or maybe just to herself): "There's no point in crying, I need to just be my usual, positive self." This was also an interesting contrast to Manu who pretty much went into mopey mode and stayed there until the very end.

I also loved, loved, loved all of the relationships between the women in the household and the neighborhood. It's always refreshing to see that portrayed in Indian films, but I suspect this is one area where Malayalam films excel.

dustdevil liz

As promised, here are some other recommendations (all Telugu films): "Sri Anjaneyam"has a much more operatic plot about an orphaned devote of Hanuman/Anjaneya and his attempts to realize his father's dream. Arjun (Tamil film star)is so much fun to watch as the incarnation of Hanuman. "Yamadonga" and "Mayabazaar" (modern one, not the classic)also mix up the religious and the modern, but they're a little more straightforward. The character of Balamani and the neighborhood relationships reminded me a bit of "Anand."

Thanks so much for posting on this, I really enjoyed it, will rewatch and recommend it to others!

katherine

But interesting though, that everyone pegs Manu as "sensitive" -- everyone is clearly aware that he's the mopey one in the family. I know it's commented on in a couple of places, and what it is Balamani replies when Unni Amma asks about the boy and his punishment -- something about how, oh, he's quite sad. I found that kind of gently funny.

The relationships of the woman are brilliant -- I think I'm going to take a break from this film for a bit, but I'll return to it at some point to write about that, because I think it's rare enough that it deserves a closer look.

Not that there aren't clunkers in Malayalam cinema -- there are -- but I do find there's more emphasis on social issues and more depth in how they're presented in the cinema. It's one of the things about it that appeals to me.

And thanksfor the Telugu recommendations, will add them to my list!

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