“Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu”… A gem that doesn’t forget to entertain even as it pursues loftier ambitions

Posted on June 3, 2017


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/article/oru-kidayin-karunai-manu-movie-review

What kind of narrative could one weave from the story of villagers heading to a faraway temple in order to sacrifice a goat? A road movie, certainly, with every stop introducing quirky characters, startling contrivances. Or perhaps even a thriller, given that someone dies along the way, necessitating a cover-up. Suresh Sangaiah’s impressive first feature, Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu (A Goat’s Mercy Petition), has a bit of the former, a bit of the latter, but it is, at heart, an unusual beast. Let’s just say this is what we might get if Bresson made an absurdist black comedy.

I refer, of course, to Au Hasard Balthazar, that non-judgmental donkey’s-eye-view of humanity’s failings. I wouldn’t go as far as to call Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu a remake (John Abraham’s Agraharathil Kazhudhai came much closer) — just that it shares a sensibility, and that it views human failings through the eyes of that goat. Quite literally. An early scene is shot through the goat’s point of view as it is led through the village, to the local butcher. On his table lies the head of another goat, the rest of it having been chopped up for food. We cut to this goat as it surveys the scene (and its eventual fate), but there’s no reaction. No fear. No sympathy for the slain brother (or sister). If goats could shrug, that’s what we’d get. It is what it is.

Continued at the link above.

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