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A Cross Worth Bearing!

Submitted by on November 20, 2011 – 7:36 pm15 Comments |



Remorse as an emotion could be a tricky thing in that it eats out parts of you, even as you thrash about to keep its teeth at bay. Senthil Rajan’s short film ‘Cross’ offers a sharp and compelling study  of a man roaming about the dark and grimy streets of a crime infested city.   This tight, character driven drama definitely enlists our compassion in no time, and brings under the spot light yet another young director who has an undeniable gift of film making.

Stephen (Aneesh Kasim) is not the filmi thug that you are familiar with; the kind that smokes non-stop, lives on booze and sashays around with bar dancers. On the contrary, he comes across as more of a loner, and retiring to his shabby shack after an assignment, tries to get some sleep beneath a creaking fan. His relations are quite warm as well, be it with the chaiwaala boy or with the journo (Kavitha) who is all eager to pen down his story. His words are minimal, temper almost nonexistent and his moods are consistently evasive. Repentance, Stephen admits is a sensation that he isn’t used to, even as his brooding demeanor and forlorn eyes tell a different tale.

The very final scene of the film with Stephen almost stranded on a deserted street with a cross looming far beyond him, is almost elegiac in its composition and perhaps the best part as well. The makers carefully steer clear of the conventions that threaten to barge in any moment, and there are no shudders and shocks in store. Instead, there is simply a human realization of the bitterness and irony of life and the struggle to come to terms with it. The flaws are minimal here, and the film eventually does accomplish exactly what it sets out to do.

The cast is quite impressive, be it Aneesh Kasim who delivers an extremely guarded performance, or Sanal Potty and Kavitha who competently live up to their roles. There is also Ahas Girikumar who leaves a very definite mark and Kalabhavan Murali as well. Technically too, this short film has been brilliantly shot, crisply edited and looks top notch. A very special mention to Faizal Ali and his remarkable camera that conveys the dark tone of the film to the hilt.

Running for about twenty minutes, It’s not the inventiveness in the story that impresses us in ‘Cross’ as much as the way in which it unfolds on screen. It’s outer trappings are perhaps recognizable to us, and yet if it retains all the freshness and intrigue of a gritty short film, it’s thanks to an engaging director at its helm.



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15 Comments »

  • Tessa says:

    Excellent execution of a relevant theme. Good work.

  • Manoj S Nair says:

    Good attempt. Pakshe kurachu slow aanennu thonni. Also the lady journalist role kurachu koodi oru individuality kodukkamayirunnu.

  • Binu Zacharia says:

    Excellent review, Sir! Watched this short film, and I will say that I agree with what you have written. Technically brilliant film. Kudos to the director and crew.

  • Minu Ramachandran says:

    Camera and editing are the best part of this sweet short film. I wish the climax was a bit different though.

  • ജീവന്‍ വെങ്കടേഷ് says:

    ക്ലൈമാക്സ് ഭേദപ്പെടുത്താമായിരുന്നു എന്ന് തോന്നി. സ്റ്റീഫന് ഒടുവില്‍ വെളിപാട് ഉണ്ടായി എന്നാണോ കരുതേണ്ടത്? BBയുടെ നിരൂപണത്തിലെ അവസാന വരികളോടു പൂര്‍ണ്ണമായി യോജിക്കുന്നു. അണിയറപ്രവര്‍ത്തകര്‍ക്ക് അഭിനന്ദനങ്ങള്‍.

    • Minu Ramachandran says:

      Velipaadu undaayi ennu enikku thonnyilla. Jeevithathinte mattoru yaatharthyam koodi ayaal thiricharinju. Athra thanne.

      • ജീവന്‍ വെങ്കടേഷ് says:

        നായകന്‍റെ നിസ്സഹായത വെളിപ്പെടുത്തുന്ന ഒന്നായി തോന്നി അവസാന രംഗം. ഇനിയെന്ത് എന്നാ ചോദ്യം മാത്രമല്ലേ അവിടെ അവശേഷിക്കുന്നുള്ളൂ?

  • കുട്ടപ്പായി says:

    സംഭവം കൊള്ളാം, കേട്ടാ..

  • Gayatri says:

    Have you started reviewing short films also? Excellent writeup Sir. Enjoyed watching this film also. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sameer says:

    film kandu. thirakkathayil alpam koodi sradhikkamayirunu ennu thonni.

  • Ahmed Raj says:

    Editing should have been a bit crisper. Kurachu scenes vallaandu izhayunnu. On the whole, a fine attempt.

  • രഘു കുമാര്‍ says:

    ഒരു ചെറിയ കഥാ തന്തുവില്‍ നിന്ന് തുടങ്ങി അതിന്റെ സാധ്യതകള്‍ പരമാവധി ഉപയോഗപ്പെടുത്താന്‍ സംവിധായകന് കഴിഞ്ഞു. എന്നാല്‍ ചിത്രത്തിലെ ഒരേ ഒരു സ്ത്രീ കഥാപാത്രത്തിന്റെ വാക്കുകളിലും ചേഷ്ടകളിലും അതിഭാവുകത്വം അനുഭവപ്പെട്ടു. ക്ലൈമാക്സ് പ്രവചനാതീതം ഒന്നുമല്ലെങ്കില്‍ പോലും വെടിപ്പോടു കൂടി കഥക്ക് അന്ത്യം കുറിക്കുന്നു.

  • rema renjini says:

    grand execution of a touching tale simply superb

  • Vivek Rajashekhar says:

    Really liked this cross. As you said, it is worth bearing.

  • Developer says:

    ഒരു ചെറിയ കഥാ തന്തുവില്‍ നിന്ന് തുടങ്ങി അതിന്റെ സാധ്യതകള്‍ പരമാവധി ഉപയോഗപ്പെടുത്താന്‍ സംവിധായകന് കഴിഞ്ഞു. എന്നാല്‍ ചിത്രത്തിലെ ഒരേ ഒരു സ്ത്രീ കഥാപാത്രത്തിന്റെ വാക്കുകളിലും ചേഷ്ടകളിലും അതിഭാവുകത്വം അനുഭവപ്പെട്ടു. ക്ലൈമാക്സ് പ്രവചനാതീതം ഒന്നുമല്ലെങ്കില്‍ പോലും വെടിപ്പോടു കൂടി കഥക്ക് അന്ത്യം കുറിക്കുന്നു.
    +1

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