Koodal Nagar ★★★½

debut film by former balu mahendra assistant seenu ramasamy, and an early entry (paruthiveeran had come out just months earlier) in the cycle of madurai set tamil films that flourished around the late 2000s. identical twin brothers, played by bharath in a double role, become enmeshed in violent local politics and romance, with the plot moving necessarily towards tragedy and extremely violent revenge. very much distinguished by being able gracefully move between a grounding in careful, quotidian detail on the one hand and a more sweeping, mythic mode (wonderfully set up by the opening prologue, which establishes a sense of basic trauma that underlies the entire film) on the other. very carefully shot too, with a number of odd rhythmic flourishes.