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Flying with One Wing (2002)
"Tani tatuwen piyabanna" (original title)

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In order to avoid the gender discrimination prevelent in Sri Lanka, a woman decides to pass as a man and gets a job as a mechanic and even takes a wife.

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Credited cast:
Anoma Janadari ...
The woman
Gayani Gisanthika ...
The woman's companion (as Gayani Liyanarachchi)
Mahendra Perera ...
The car repair employee
W. Jayasiri ...
The doctor
Jagath Chamila ...
The football player
Wilson Gunaratne ...
Garage owner
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Nilupili Jayawardena ...
(as Nilupulee Jayawardane)
Amarapala Karasinghearachchi
Priyantha Prabash
Nirdha Uyanhewa
Sanjeevani Vithanage
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In order to avoid the gender discrimination prevelent in Sri Lanka, a woman decides to pass as a man and gets a job as a mechanic and even takes a wife.

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When I was a boy
29 November 2005 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

The often harsh life of women in an intolerant community comes under the spotlight in 'Flying with One Wing', a low budget, Sri Lankan, companion piece to 'Boys Don't Cry'. Driector Handagama certainly examines all aspects of the sexuality of the situation he depicts (the life a woman who disguises herself as a man); we see the heroine fancied by people who see through her disguise, and who don't, of both sexes. Some aspects of the film seem amateurish: there are some risible fight scenes, and the synching of the dialogue with the images is also poor. But the collection of quirky characters, the matter-of-fact cutting between scenes, and the smart use of a sly soundtrack are all much better, and at times even reminiscent of the work of Mike Leigh. The consistent absence of tracking shots also gives the film a distinctive visual feel. 'Flying with one Wing' is hardly a classic; but it is a distinctive and thought-provoking movie from a part of the world known to most westerners only as tourists. Worth watching.


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