Family Album is surely a film you can watch alone or with adult companions. It will give you some invaluable insight into why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.
Their four-member family looks picture perfect, but is full of lovelorn hearts that seek true love. And it's this quest and its aim that dominates their lives. Family Album is a mature film. That's not because it trains the lens on some sombre aspects of our society and their impact on human emotions and relationships. In fact, that's exactly what it does. But the beauty of the storytelling lies in its mature use of humour.
It's not a laughter riot. Had it been that, the story would've surely suffocated to death. But Mainak has used a simpler approach. He kept the storytelling easy and real. As a result, you don't see anyone act. Every character goes about life, maybe just as they would in real life, fumbling, groping for words, passing witty remarks, laughing, crying.... Well, it's always a treat to watch a film that doesn't feel like one. And that's how real Family Album feels.
Coming to performances, Paoli and Swastika display such crackling chemistry that they could well become the next hit jodi of Tollywood! No kidding! The two actresses seem completely at ease even while smooching. Individually, they have literally become their screen characters - Paoli, the chronically depressed ace photographer with a tomboyish appeal, and Swastika, the fumbling bespectacled bookworm who even buys a book to understand the nuances of lesbian sex after she meets her lady in shining armour! As for team Riya-Ronodeep, the emotions are just there, but for the actress's overuse of English. In fact, every character feels real.
The next best thing about the film is its music, especially the songs. Subtle, yet melodious, the songs surely drive the emotions home. Even the background score blends perfectly with the storyline. But it's the end that leaves a lot to the imagination. A bit too much I'd say. Its abruptness doesn't hurt, but does leave a void that could've been filled up a teeny-weeny bit to save us the after-thought.
In a nutshell, Family Album is surely a film you can watch alone or with adult companions. It will give you some invaluable insight into why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, or maybe how you can avoid judging altogether.