Directed by: Sanal Kumar Sasidharan 2017 | 85 min.

Section: HIFF Spring Showcase

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: India

Languages: Malayalam, with English subtitles

Genres: Drama, Thriller, Women


A couple on the run bears the agonising brunt of a night out from a gang of small-time hoodlums. Tossed between shady Samaritans along their sole escape route, Durga and Kabeer are subject to relentless reenactments of the proverb, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”.

Interspersed with observations on the traditional rituals of Garudan Thookam, the film casts the everyday normalisation of brutality towards women against the reverent worship of feminine goddesses in Kerala, India. As the delineation between do-gooders and hostage-takers get increasingly uneasy, the film’s fixation on illuminating the sway of power, politics and patriarchy grows clearer. Riding on distressingly lengthy shots with an improvisational and repetitive nature of the dialogue, this protracted psycho-thriller makes for a drive towards an unsettling finale.

-Singapore International Film Festival



Wednesday, April 11 6:15 PM Dole Cannery C Date Passed
Saturday, April 14 4:30 PM Dole Cannery C Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
Cinematographer Prathap Joseph
Music Composer Basil CJ
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