Jallikattu

  • 91'
  • India
  • 2019

The day starts quietly enough in this Indian village, with the daily routine of waking up, getting meat from the butcher and going to church. Preparations are underway for a wedding. But that evening, everything changes when a water buffalo escapes just as it was due to be slaughtered.

The men of the village set off on a wild, uncoordinated hunt. The beast flees into the forest, where several times the men almost manage to recapture it. Men from other villages also get involved. As does the infamous Kuttachan, fresh out of prison, who claims he will get the animal – but he also has unfinished business with an old rival.

The men become ever more frenzied as the adrenaline and testosterone builds. This culminates in a bizarre climax with a clear message: men and beasts are not so very different from one another after all.

Director
Lijo Jose Pellissery
Country of production
India
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
91'
Medium
DCP
Language
Malayalam
Producer
Thomas Panicker
Production Company
Opus Penta
Sales
Stray Dogs
Screenplay
S. Hareesh, R. Jayakumar
Cinematography
Girish Gangadharan
Editor
Deepu Joseph
Production Design
Gokul Dias
Sound Design
Renganaath Ravee
Music
Prashant Pillai
Cast
Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Santhy Balachandran, Sabumon Abdusamad, Jaffer Idukki