The story of one house in three different eras. Where 50 years ago it was divided between a school and an apartment, in which a young boy struggles with the pressures of pre-pubescent ...
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The story of one house in three different eras. Where 50 years ago it was divided between a school and an apartment, in which a young boy struggles with the pressures of pre-pubescent school life, coupled with being compelled to share a tiny room with his paralysed, disconsolate grandfather. Who in turn has devious plans for the child's 12th birthday which happens to fall on a leap year. The same building 20 years later becomes home to a brothel, where a young unexploited concubine is dealing with her self-proclaimed "first" client who has a strange inability to fulfil his physical desire unless obligated to the duress of a transaction to do so. Now, 30 years later these same walls surround a sublime home which belongs to a soul-stirring 75 year old couple who love, laugh and dance together. They whisper the secrets of time forgone and seemed to have overcome the undying need for love and escape which seems to have plagued the inhabitants of this house in the past.
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Love and Longing in Mumbai
All the varied emotions that rule a life are portrayed in the three stories that take the viewer through the three stages of life-childhood, youth and old age. Escape( from school which bores the child) & wait (for death to escape the misery of an invalid body)binds the two characters in the first story "Yamaraj". The second story "Natraj" is the fulfilment of youth that escapes the young man visiting a prostitute beautifully played by Zoya Hussain. The third, "Kamraj" is but reminiscences of an aged couple who have missed a thing or two about each other but have not missed to love each other that has by now transcended physical needs.
The three stories are held together by the building that undergoes transformation (like life that plays out in it's bounds) from a school to brothel to a lovely home. The walls like the camera are witness to the drama of life.
The film is shot in three long takes only but holds together.
This work by the Ukrainian director Dar(ia) Gai makes one await her next.
A trivia; the clock works anti-clockwise in the second episode.
Unfortunately, the sub-titles are missing in many scenes especially in the last story when you need to concentrate on the dialogue.
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