Malayalam Aesthetic Cult Films

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Kumbalangi Nights (2019) 

This drama directed by Madhu C Narayanan as a debut, is considered one of the most visually beautiful and fresh screenplays that the audience has seen in a while. The story is set in a fishing village in Kochi and explores the strained relationship between four brothers and their own lives in the landscape. 

Elippathayam (1982) 

This film by Adoor Gopalakrishnan is about Unni, the last male heir of a decaying feudal family, his two sisters and their traditionally built house. Unni's inability to adapt to a new social culture results in isolation and paranoia which is explored very tactfully in the cinematography. 

Nirmalyam (1973) 

This classic is directed by M. T. Vasudevan Nair is about a neglected, ancient temple that is tended to by the Velichappadu. But when the priest goes on leave, a young man takes up his job and forms a relationship with Velichappadu's daughter.

Jallikattu (2019) 

This independent action thriller film directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery is known to induce and translate the intensity of the theme through its meticulously lit frames. The story is of a butcher who faces a lot of trouble when the buffalo he was supposed to slaughter goes missing and starts causing chaos in a remote village.

Iyobinte Pusthakam (2014) 

This period film by Amal Neerad is set in Munnar during the mid 20th century. The film is about Aloshi who returns home after war to discover that his brothers are working as henchmen for a local businessman and are plotting against his father.

Kurup (2021) 

This crime thriller by Srinath Rajendran is  based on the story of fugitive Sukumara Kurup. The film is widely known for its production design, performances and visuals. The neo noir approach to the film overall produced a very visually interesting and stunning run time.

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