Synopsis by Gönül Dönmez-Colin
Janani is a melodrama in Malayalam, the language spoken in the State of Kerala in India. A baby boy is abandoned on the steps of a remote chapel on Christmas Eve and discovered by the nuns who inhabit the old-age home nearby. The presence of a young life brings new energy to the nuns, but they are hardly equipped or experienced to take care of an infant. All turns out well when a wealthy but childless couple from the U.S. arrives with the intention of adopting the baby. The script is rather contrived but the cinematography of Suresh P. Nair is noteworthy in bringing out the tranquility of the lush vegetation of the mountainous regions of Southern India. The film was screened at the 4th International Film Festival of Kerala, 1999.
baby, Catholicism, chapel, Christmas, convent, nun, religion