The Painted House ★★½

Chaayam Poosiya Veedu (The Painted House) starts its inaccessible philosophical drivel right from the start as you follow an aged writer going about his life without disturbing his environment when a young woman with a seductive air comes visiting. A man in the same age group as hers comes visiting next causing disturbance in the writer as he continues to see his life being turned upside down by these two vagabonds; but only time tells him that they have some other plans in mind. It is obvious that Chaayam Poosiya Veedu would take the dull, ambiguous route to end its story but what it does differently is the easy-going narration with straightforward dialogues between the three main characters. It makes for a good one hour before the story takes a turn and makes you wonder what the makers are trying to say. The female frontal nudity, perhaps to denote the sexual desire in human beings, could have been avoided but that does not stop the philosophical drama from losing sight and conveying its message (what I deduced from it, that is): that sometimes it can be difficult to understand or justify why you are living the life. TN.