Bhagavathipuram Railway Gate ★★★

can find next to no information on this film, a pastoral village romance that moves inexorably (and somewhat unconvincingly) towards tragedy. works best in the early going, as it sketches out the interrelated relationships between villagers as their fragile local economy is interrupted by the arrival of a new bus route and a handsome young bus conductor. there's a real pleasure in the way the community space and financial setups play out, and even the somewhat shaky climax (hampered by a tendency to not explain drastic character motivations until later flashbacks, which throws off the film's rhythm entirely) is entirely sensible.

still feels like a cheaper bharathi raja knockoff, from the bursts of metric editing to the way the two male leads feel like off-brand kamal and rajini.

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