City of God (2011)

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In the city of Cochin a series of incidents connects the lives of a Tamil laborer couple, an actress, a builder, a criminal, and the wife of a businessman,


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27 May 2011 | jeethjohnp
| Characters and the narrative style is the heart of the film...
The movie is an illustration of contrasts and balance in life. It is a showcase of different shades of life and how people from different strata react to life in general. There are basically four different story lines running parallel to each other. The narration is one of the types that have never been tried in the industry. The whole movie is a like a collection of short stories. For each story the script has a reference point and the narration follows a pattern where each story line is followed until they reach that particular reference point. And when a segment gets over, the characters would have added themselves a new layer or a wing and they would be flying around or crawling about. Prithviraj(Jyothilal) plays a character where his wooden frame-set is perfect. He plays a muscle and friend-in-need for his rich friend. Then we have Rima Kaliingal(Surya Prabha) playing the character of a cine artist who has to face horrors from the past and present of her life. She has done a decent job with her character. Then there is a NRI wife, Viji(Swetha Menon), whose husband is murdered by Jyothilal and co. Her revenge forms her story. And final group is a set of Tamil workers settled in Kochi. A love story set in the midst of unconventiality. All these four story lines keeps converging and diverging. And these converging and diverging keeps the interest level stable. The screenplay does not have any clearly defined acts. And therefore the peak which the movie tends to reach before interval and towards the climax does not have much of an effect. The shaky-handy cam feature reaches Malayalam industry with this movie. It lends a much needed realistic touch to the movie. The BGM which gets hiked up in the climax sequences shows the true classy nature of the director. This movie is an experiment. It will not work with the commercial audience as there are no commercial elements to satisfy them. But this is a movie to be noted down for future references. Solid characterizations, a different format for narration, and a bold script.

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