The Man of the Story

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L'Homme de l'histoire

The Man of the Story


by Adoor Gopalakrishnan



L'Homme de l'histoire

Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Script: Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Cinematographer: Ravi Varma

Editor: M.S. Mani

Sound: Harikumar

Music: Vijay Bhaskar

Cast: Viswanathan, Mini Nair, Aranmulla Ponnamma, Urmila Unni, Jagannatha Varma, Narendra Prasad

Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Trivandrum 695017
Kerala, India

Year: 1996

35 mm, Colour, 107 min
OV Malayalam with French Subtitles


With kind support of Indian Embassy in Paris

Kunjunni, a gentle and sensitive child, was born in a family of landlords in Kerala, in a society in transition. He experiences a rational yet difficult growth and development through political and emotional awareness and choices. He ultimately finds release from his inhibitions when he discovers creativity in himself as a writer. The film covers 50 years of history during which the feudal community of Kerala started to transform it self into a modern elective democracy. Mahatma Gandhi let the nation wide freedom struggle, then came the first democratically elected Communist government in 1959. 10 years later came the Land reform and the Naxalites, a Maoiste movement, launched violent attacks. Soon after the State of emergency was declared.

The film is an attempt to epitomise the eternal struggle of the human spirit to assert itself against the regimentation and repression that any system of government is bound to impose on the free will of the individual..

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