Manjadikuru: What the critics said

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 21, 2012 12:25 hrs

“Anjali Menon's Manjadikuru, points to a larger renewal of Malayalam cinema and is not merely an isolated triumph by a gifted and intelligent first-time filmmaker.”
- FIPRESCI festival report

"There is a connection between childhood and cinema (think of Night of the Hunter, Moonfleet, Les 400 coups, Spirit of the Beehive...), which first-time director Anjali Menon exploits beautifully, knowing she can count on the audience to follow the path that leads back from adulthood, with its calculations of profit and loss, to the pure risk and adventure of childhood, by way of the rhapsodic and seductive image on which she expends so much skill." 

- Chris Fujiwara, Japan

"The film is full of contrasts: the complexity of the grown up world/family dynamics and the innocence of the children, old vs new, city vs rural, yet nothing is overtly black and white. Taking place in lush green Kerala, (Southwestern region in India) Manjadikuru is all about  the colors, sounds and wonders of childhood. It feels similar to reading an Arundhati Roy story. The imagery is so striking you could almost smell it! Manjadikuru unfolds like a good memoir. The intricacy and eye for details... Manjadikuru is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful films about childhood I've seen."

- Dustin Chang, Korea-USA

Manjadikuru is an emotionally powerful family story told with skill and restraint”
- Barbara Lorey de Lachiarerre, France

"Manjadikuru is heartbreakingly beautiful and meaningful.... a superior film."
- Peter Belsito, US

"Manjadikuru took me down memory lane to my childhood... heartwarming!"
- Revathy, India

"The uncontrollable tears in our eyes at the end of Manjadikuru clearly indicate the loss we sense in our lives… we long for our life to begin again and to relive it in the best way with all our relationships."
- Cheran, India

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