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CHENNAI, India -- In "Ore Kadal" ("The Sea Within"), director Shyamaprasad continues to explore the intricacies of human relationships through an evocative style and imagery that often transcend the boundaries of reality. This one is an intimate study of a woman caught between two men, her salesman-husband and an intellectual economist. Delicate and minimalist, "Ore Kadal," in the Malayalam language, will certainly play festivals following its debut at the International Film Festival of India in Goa. Both of its stars, Mammootty and Meera Jasmine, have large fan followings.
Deepti (Jasmine) suffocates in a loveless marriage with Jayakumar (Narain). When renowned economist Nathan (Mammootty) comes into her life, she is overawed by the man's intellectualism. A school dropout, Deepti finds Nathan's attention extremely stimulating. But the economist is not one to commit himself to a relationship beyond sexual, so Deepti finds herself in an agonizing pit.
The performances by Mammootty and Jasmine are restrained as they portray the pleasure and pain of the characters caught in their own deep turmoils. The story, adapted from the work of Bengali novelist Sunil Gangopadhyay, examines India's rapid globalization that creates enamorous conflicts in traditional middle-class values. This sombre drama is mostly set in interiors which cinematographer N. Alagappan treats with subdued lighting.
Writer: Sunil Gangopadhyay
Executive producer: Dinan
Director of photography: N. Alagappan
Editor: Vinod Sukumaran
S. R Nathan: Mammootty
Deepti: Meera Jasmine
Running time -- 120 minutes
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