Prayanam ★★★★

debut film by writing/directing team padmarajan and bharathan. a young woman, oldest of four daughters, gets married off to an aging widower in a dying brahmin village. a young man, his family long since exiled to city, comes back to his uncle's house. of course they have an affair, of course it ends badly.

home and tradition and exile, complicated by bharathan and padmarajan with their focus on very complicated erotics, a beautifully observed mise en scene (shot by soon to be star director balu mahendra) that breaks into fractured montage whenever the social fabric is broken.

a lot here is implicated and unsaid. fireworks at the end. what next? swayamvaram?