Synopsis by Gönül Dönmez-Colin
Padadaya is a truly minimalist film, which is rather rare for South Asia. There are no subplots intertwining to obscure the main plot; not a single unnecessary word is spoken; no scenery is exploited to divert the audience from the main issue. Space is used sparingly and economically. Acting is never theatrical. A lonely widower begins to lust for his neighbor's young and attractive wife. The affair that ensues brings his downfall; in the process, the whole community suffers. The director, who plays the lead, has been a dancer, theatre director, and mime artist, all of which seem to have influenced his directing as well as his acting. Padadaya competed at the 4th International Film Festival of Kerala (India).
extramarital-affair, widow/widower, lust, neighbor, village