Ee. Ma. Yau.

(RIP)

1/1

Reviewed by:

Krishna Chaitanya M

Director

Cast

Lijo Jose Pellissery

Chemban Vinod Jose, Vinayakan, Pauly Vasan, Dileesh Pothan

Release Year

2018

Country

Language

India

Malayalam

Genre

Theme

Run time (mins)

Drama

Dark Humour, Life

120

Streaming On

Amazon Prime (India)

Updated on:

Review:

I first watched Lijo Jose’s Jallikattu and was impressed with his unconventional taking style and wanted to watch more of his films - that is when I stumbled on this gem.

Ea. Ma. Yau. is a movie centred around death and is a dark comedy, with realistic writing. The movie is about a son, Eesi promising a grand funeral for this father (Vavachan), and his attempt to keep his promise when his father demise, and how everything goes wrong in that process. I liked the way how this drama built up reflecting complexities of human nature.

The characters are much closer to real life, which according to me is one of the factors I liked this movie. You can find all types of characters running around in the film, from rumour-mongers, curious priest, patient friend, secret love, slut shamers, lazy police, mean nurse, greedy money lender, to helpless son etc., - making it a tale of ordinary people. I particularly like the character of Ayyapan, a local politician and loyal friend of Eesi. While Eesi is slowly breaking down to become insane due to the drama that is surrounding him, Ayyapan, on the other side is one friend we all wish for in such situation, who continuously tries to keep things sane and running.

Cinematographer (Shyju Khalid) has done a brilliant job. Opening credit scene itself is an epitome for it. You have to watch it to know what it is.

Oh, and I like the way this movie ended, director trying to give audience a philosophical message that we are equal when it comes to death - be it a master mason or a grave digger, be it proper funeral or not, be it a faithful animal or a bird meant to be a meal.

All in all, this movie is a combination of realism and surreal cinematic experience with brilliant cinematography.

My Overall Ratings (of 5):

3.6

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3.5