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: Manu Krishna comes to Kerala with his baby daughter to get some quick money that would free his wife Asha from Dubai police. Public prosecutor Mathen Tharankan is on his way to the court to ensure that the accused in a sensational rape case are not let scotfree. Taxi driver Muhammad is on a desperate hunt to amass six lakh rupees that would get his sick daughter on the surgery table.
: If pieces of mild advice, some slight shreds of social commentary here and there do not figure as severe offensive acts for viewers, then God's Own Country is a stirring film. The movie, which has a few parallel narratives, has that deeply evocative humane quotient which makes each of its characters not just the leads, but also pure human beings.
At the onset,
God's Own Country
threatens to crumble under its own weight. There is a sudden rush of contemporary events told through fragmented sequences placed in a non-linear pattern. This possibility of a disaster soon wears off, the narrative not just survives but flourishes with sparkling moments plucked straight from life.
It doesn't fall apart simply because of a set of characters that wade through the plot with their own missions. For some it's money, for others it's a pursuit of justice. An NRI comes home to fix a deal for a huge sum just to make sure that he doesn't lose something very precious in his life. An honest taxi-driver finds all doors closed as he knocks at each of them to find money for his daughter's surgery. An advocate mixes his audacity and presence of mind to ensure a fitting end to his war for justice.
The film offers weighty situations and inclusions of other characters, big and small, stretch the canvas even further. Not for once does it slow down, hurtling the viewers along with the characters on a ceaseless journey where nobody knows the outcome. The director owes it to a diligently written script where Arun, Anish and Praveen take pains to assemble the lost strips one by one and they even put together sequences to make the picture clear. The fact that they do so avoiding the tedium of repetitive scenes testifies the amount of craft they bring to the narrative.
This is a smart act of filmmaking which is religiously true to human feelings, the moments where the right becomes wrong and honesty is forsaken for love. It offers certain situations where people feel lost and defeated and all they can do is to clasp their arms together helplessly, searching for help in vain.
It also brings in certain people who marshal acts of courage against the mighty, believing that it's about living their life and not mere survival.
God's own country
might be chided for its length which could have been avoided with a few harmless cuts. However, this is wonderfully humane in so many ways like some rare occasions when you can't find answers as to why sometimes you feel so close to complete strangers.