The Crow’s Egg (Kaaka Muttai)
Dir. M. Manikandan. 2014. 99 min. DCP. In Tamil with English subtitles. With Vignesh Ramesh, Iyshwarya Rajesh. Writer, director, and cinematographer M. Manikandan’s breakout debut feature is an indelible portrait of urban life in southern India. When a pizza parlor opens on the site of their old playground in Chennai, carefree and spirited slum kids Big Crow’s Egg and Little Crow’s Egg develop a newfound obsession to taste their first pie, and embark on a money-making adventure that draws in the entire city. “[A] breath of fresh air, not because it mimics Danny Boyle—it doesn’t—but because this family film at last finds a way to shift the lens to an exuberantly Indian perspective” (Cameron Bailey, Toronto International Film Festival).
Recommended for ages 8+ (reading of subtitles required unless viewer understands Tamil)
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