29 Nov “Madappally United” by Ajay Govind
«Madappally United» by Ajay Govind is something we’re too short of nowadays; is a tender and engaging film, designed for the whole family, seen through the eyes of a director who comes from a culture that is distant but close to ours.
Without forcing or compromising with stale morals, the director stages the values he believes in with the joie de vivre of his cast of young non-professional actors. The result is a lively and good-natured dramedy that contains the experience of young people who grow up in a disadvantaged context, the theme of identity formation, and those of family expectations in a pleasantly genuine confection.
Passing, with the likelihood of adolescence, from tears to joy, the director always manages to keep an eye on what he wants to do and how he wants to do it.
An intelligent, lively, and utterly warm comedy-drama that blends tradition and modernity on screen with the same determination with which the group of kids wants to make it to the game.