Kiss Wagon Review

Aswathy Gopalakrishnan

Premiere at IFFR

Kiss Wagon, directed by Midhun Murali, premiered at IFFR, winning the FIPRESCI award and the Special Jury Award, though receiving little local media attention due to its avant-garde nature.

Avant-Garde Aesthetics

Emerging from digital culture, Kiss Wagon defies traditional definitions, offering a vibrant world of faceless figures and surreal landscapes, reflecting the filmmaker's disregard for mainstream conventions.

Narrative Innovation

Kiss Wagon follows Isla, a transwoman, navigating an authoritarian state, subverting traditional narrative structures to critique societal institutions like the state, family, and church.

Idiosyncratic Artistry

With meticulous control over every aspect, Midhun crafts a playful yet consistent narrative, referencing mythology and pop culture, while exploring themes of love, violence, and the power of cinema.

Shift in Cinema Norms

Reflecting a shift in Malayalam cinema, Kiss Wagon embraces new digital aesthetics, diverging from traditional space and time markers to create an abstract narrative space.

Exploration of Subjectivity

Delving into the subjectivity of reality, Kiss Wagon intertwines Isla's thoughts with her physical world, offering fluid transitions and leaving room for audience interpretation, showcasing guerrilla filmmaking in a challenging cultural landscape.