India / 1982 / Malayalam

Directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan

With Sharada, Karamana Janardanan Nair, Jalaja

Still from 'Rat-Trap'Unni is a middle-aged man living in a sprawling family house, which he inhabits like a heap of decimated, old wealth. He is unmarried, but has his sister Rajamma to look after him in lieu of a wife. Past marriageable age, Rajamma is usually absorbed in the daily tasks of caring for Unni and their younger sister Sridevi. Meanwhile Unni seems content to wile away his days on his front porch, to go to his temple regularly, and  to repel any visitors to his house with withering remarks and a stony gaze. Laborers march through the property with heavy loads on their heads and he pays them no mind; the tapioca and coconut crops could be going to seed and he would not care. The palms could be burning and he would not glance away from his newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »