Lijo Jose Pellissery's Amen has virtually created a storm in Malayalam cinema.
The film narrates a fictitious plot in a Kuttanadan village, lying close to the backwaters. The period of happening is never specified and unlike the usual practice in Malayalam, the subject that is being handled here is rather a simple one. A romantic tale is peppered with the story of a church band that has been facing defeat in the competitions for many years.
But the difference perhaps is in its presentation and style. The cinematography by Abhinandam Ramanujam and the music by Prasanth Pillai are among the highlights. The performance of the film's supporting cast has also been superb.
According to director Lijo Jose Pellissery, “this story is happening in an Utopian village. It was so massive that even I would find it impossible to recreate it.”
As a prominent director recently commented, “with such amazing films happening here, it is never going to be easy to impress the viewers in Malayalam from now on.”