Moods, delusions, fantasies and fear...this film follows the complexities of an architect's psyche as he moves to Prague for a project.
If you are the type who looks for reasons and answers in a story,
is not for you. It doesn't have an agenda, per se, nor is it easy to comprehend. It's free-floating, erratic, pensive and sombre, just like its protagonist's mind.
The mood is kept melancholic as the camera follows an architect (Chandan Roy Sanyal) who keeps wandering around, attending to his random thoughts. More than a conversation, his every dialogue is him thinking aloud. The dark, non-linear storytelling helps build a psychological tension throughout, making you feel as if you are being sucked into a black hole, with no way out. If you are patient enough to appreciate and observe the intricacies of Chandan's behaviour,
won't disappoint you.
What we particularly liked about the film was its layering. The film is structured beautifully. It's atmospheric, unique and manages to hold your attention with its abstract imagery. However, for the impatient ones, finding method in the lead character's madness could get painful, especially since the film is a tad confused and sluggish. A few lines could also offend women. What particularly made us cringe was a 'casual scene', where a guy asks a girl to pronounce the Hindi word for thigh.
Performances and cinematography are impressive. The Czech capital has been captured beautifully and so are romantic glances and flirtatious advances. Chandan Roy Sanyal is impactful and the very pleasant Elena Kazan makes her presence felt.
More than the city,
, the film, is about Chandan's psychological struggle, haunting past and inconsistent behaviour. It's not for everyone. However, if you prefer unconventional, mysterious drama over mainstream entertainment,
will engage you.
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