A Climate for Crime

  • 115'
  • India
  • 2008
Deeply rooted in the soil and soul of the director's native Kerala, four stories echo the time of WWII in British India when severe economic crises, unemployment and a lack of necessities occurred. Although each story depicts a different criminal act, from petty theft by the very poor to severe crime by richer, official employees to the questioning and betrayal of human values, the director focuses on the journey one takes towards making the decision to commit a crime rather than on the results of the criminal action. Each of the main characters is caught up in peculiar life circumstances. Some risk everything to achieve something beneficial they think they are entitled to; others face problems in making the right choices.
Starting with A Thief, a story about a boy disappointed by his father’s deeds, the film moves to The Police, about corrupt and merciless law executives, and then heads towards more complex issues of loyalty and serious dilemmas in Two men and a woman, closing with a murder story and a search for love in One woman, two men. Although this never-ending search for a better life, human dignity and love is seriously rendered, it still radiates the romantic idea of human endurance, hope, guilt and a sense of justice. That makes this rather calm and lyrical film, which is obviously deeply culturally rooted, universal. (RS)
Director
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
India
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Length
115'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Oru pennum randaanum
Language
Malayalam
Producers
Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Benzy Martin
Production Companies
Adoor Gopalakrishnan Productions, Emil & Eric Film Pvt.Ltd
Sales
Adoor Gopalakrishnan Productions
Screenplay
Adoor Gopalakrishnan, based on the stories by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai
Cinematography
M.J. Radhakrishnan
Editor
Ajith
Production Design
Rajasekharan
Sound Design
Krishnanunni, N. Harikumar
Music
Isaac Thomas
Cast
M.R. Gopakumar, Seema Nair
Website
http://adoorgopalakrishnan.com