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Jallikattu

This thrilling, nightmarish ride into the depths of human bloodlust, finds a rampaging buffalo hunted by a violent mob.

Dir Lijo Jose Pellissery
Prod Thomas Panicker
Scr S Hareesh
With Chemban Vinod Jose, Antony Varghese, Sabu Abdusamad
India
2019
91min
Prod Co Opus Penta
With English subtitles

Kerala’s bad boy director Lijo Jose Pellissery returns with his darkest film to date. The inhabitants of a village find themselves increasingly addicted to red meat, placing both butchers and abattoirs in high demand. In a bootleg slaughterhouse, a buffalo fights its would-be executioners and escapes, wrecking a local neighbourhood as it flees. A group of men, led by butchers, set off to hunt down and kill the animal, but it constantly eludes capture. As more join the hunt, a repressed collective consciousness, fuelled by greed, lust, distrust and vengeance, erupts with wild ferocity. The boundaries between man and beast disappear, replaced by an orgy of extreme violence. This rollercoaster of a film, slickly shot, paced and acted, compellingly explores the dark heart of human nature.

Cary Rajinder Sawhney

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This is a 18+ screening.

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