Set against the chaotic backdrop of Mahé, a coastal town in North Malabar, in 1954, just as the French are leaving the land after more than two centuries of rule, this evocative tale revolves around two families and how their lives change after decolonisation.
Father Alphonso is a magician who is going through tough times. He and his family are in dire financial straits, and as things get worse, he must make a strong decision about whether to stay in his homeland, or immigrate to France.
A practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine, Kumaran and his family also grapple with the same conundrum. The question remains, what will the decision be? Will difficult circumstance and poverty force them to leave the land they know and love?
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This movie is based on a Malayalam novel written by M. Mukundan in 1989.. Like most of Mukundan's works, this novel too is based in Mayyazhi, better known once as Mahé, the French colony after it was decolonised. The novel won the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award and the N. V. Prize. Read More