Pebbles

  • 74'
  • India
  • 2021

The inhabitants of the village Arittapatti in southern India depend entirely on agriculture, which has suffered terribly due to a long drought. The fields have become deserts and the skinny livestock eat the last leaves. The women catch and roast rats or wait for hours until it is their turn to pull muddy water from the well. The men hang around, play cards and sleep.

One of the latter is Ganapathy, a chain-smoking drunk with a permanent frown. His wife has fled the home and his domestic violence, but he is determined to fetch her back from her village. He forces his young son to join him. At his in-laws, Ganapathy causes a terrible scene and in revenge, his son tears up the money for the return bus journey. This is the start of a 13 km walk on one of the hottest days of the year.

A constant sense of anger and the threat of violence raise the temperature even more in the desolate landscape, filmed as beautiful, yet forbidding. The father-son relationship is deeply disturbed, yet they are inexorably drawn together. It seems next to impossible that the still-innocent boy will go down the same path his father did. Their pointless journey illustrates the disruptive influence of grinding poverty.

Winner Tiger Award, IFFR 2021.

Director
Vinothraj P.S.
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
India
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
74'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Koozhangal
Language
Tamil
Producers
Nayanthara, Vignesh Shivan, Sai Devanand.S
Production Companies
Rowdy Pictures Private Limited, Learn and Teach Production
Sales
Rowdy Pictures Private Limited
Screenplay
Vinothraj P.S.
Cinematography
Jeya Parthiban, Vignesh Kumulai
Editor
Ganesh Siva
Production Design
Njan Oodu, Sinju
Sound Design
Hari Prasad
Music
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cast
Karuththadaiyaan, Chellapandi