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Rat-Trap (1982)

Elippathayam (original title)
The protagonist is trapped within himself and is unable to comprehend the changes taking place around him.
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The protagonist is trapped within himself and is unable to comprehend the changes taking place around him.

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The Malayalam film which won a British Film Institute award. See more »

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Featured in And the Show Goes on: Indian Chapter (1996) See more »

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Imagination For Real. ♦ 81%
9 November 2013 | by (the Entertainment Capital of India) – See all my reviews

I've never watched Adoor Gopalakrishnan's single movie before this and boy, am I thinking? It will make you think... introspect about your life and may also prove a game-changer if you concentrate.

Karmana Janardhanan Nair's character is a narcissist, stubborn and lazy kind of a person who is reluctant to marry off his younger sisters who are way beyond their marriage age. PLayed by Sharada & Jalaja, they make up the main three characters which the movie starts off with chasing a rat. The beauty is that the opening & the closing sequence are so related, this could be the first award-winning film which does make sense towards the end.

Fantastic screenplay and the way the character maneuver the story is something of a genius. With brilliant support from rest of the cast, The Rat-Trap starts making sense all the way through 120 minutes. With an eerie background music that happens, countably four times throughout, the message of how big houses with lifeless people can turn out to be disastrous is conveyed.

Although, not all people will enjoy this rather medium-paced, silent movie. It has moments for people who can see.

BOTTOM LINE: The decayed story of lives of three people carried out in a marvelous setup. Highly Recommended!


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