Pebbles
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    Pebbles

    Directed by

    India

    2021

    75 min

    • Tamil

    Drama

    The inhabitants of the village Arittapatti in southern India depend entirely on agriculture, which has suffered terribly due to a long drought. The fields have become deserts and the skinny livestock eat the last leaves. The women catch and roast rats or wait for hours until it is their turn to pull muddy water from the well. The men hang around, play cards and sleep.

    One of the latter is Ganapathy, a chain-smoking drunk with a permanent frown. His wife has fled the home and his domestic violence, but he is determined to fetch her back from her village. He forces his young son to join him. At his in-laws, Ganapathy causes a terrible scene and in revenge, his son tears up the money for the return bus journey. This is the start of a 13 km walk on one of the hottest days of the year.

    A constant sense of anger and the threat of violence raise the temperature even more in the desolate landscape, filmed as beautiful, yet forbidding. The father-son relationship is deeply disturbed, yet they are inexorably drawn together. It seems next to impossible that the still-innocent boy will go down the same path his father did. Their pointless journey illustrates the disruptive influence of grinding poverty.

    Awards

    • Tiger Competition award - IFF Rotterdam

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Karuththadaiyaan
    Chellapandi
    Screenplay
    Vinothraj P.S.
    Cinematography
    Jeya Parthiban
    Vignesh Kumulai
    Editing
    Ganesh Siva
    Music
    Yuvan Shankar Raja
    Sales
    ROWDY PICTURES PRIVATE LIMITED
    Production
    ROWDY PICTURES PRIVATE LIMITED
    Production
    NAYANTHARA

    Press

    Evokes rural poverty and family breakdown with simple, observant strokes, grandly elemental widescreen images and sparse, fiery dialogue.

    Screen Daily

    Vinothraj P.S.

    Vinothraj P.S.

    India

    Vinothraj P.S. is an Indian filmmaker. While working in a DVD shop in Chennai, he was introduced to people from the Tamil film industry. This led to him becoming assistant director on two films by A. Sargunam. After working as a assistant theatre director, he began making his own films. PEBBLES (2021) is his feature film debut with its world premiere at IFF Rotterdam.