For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.

Elippathayam

Adoor Gopalakrishnan India, 1981

inquisita's rating of the film Rat-Trap

Fear reeks of carrion, luring detritivores and scavengers to sneak in, plunder, take apart. If Aravindan's "Throne of Capricorn" outlines apodemia (home leaving to meet w/ worldviews and assess their corruption), Gopalakrishnan's "Rat-Trap" details epidemia - panicky coming back, maintaining family united by strict celibate quarantine. Eventually, what looked like safety becomes an oppressive invertebrating paranoia.