The Outcast (1998)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - Sri Lanka  |  
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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).

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extramarital-affair, widow/widower, lust, neighbor, village