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The Crow's Egg (Kaakkaa Muttai) Film Review

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Published November 18th 2015
The Crow's Egg-a whimsical Indian film with a whole lotta ♥
The pitch for this pearl of a movie would have gone something like this:
"So the action takes place in a slum in Chennai, right? This tall dude with a ponytail opens a pizza shop in the 'hood. Then these two kids try really, really, really hard to get their hands on a pizza."
"OK so tell me the plot."
"I just did."

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Big Crow's Egg, Little Crow's Egg and friend

Luckily for Australian audiences the Indian Tamil film industry is a whimsical beast and the result is The Crow's Egg (Kaaka Muttai), a film that disarms the viewer from the poignant opening scene through to the closing credits.

The two delightful child stars, Vignesh and Ramesh, are doe-eyed little heart-breakers with a burning desire and an entrepreneurial streak. Their attempts to raise the necessary funds for the pizza take up the largest part of the film, but woven into the story are scenes and characters drawn with humour from the bleakest of backdrops.

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V Ramesh as Chinna Kaaka Muttai

The boys' mother (Aishwarya Rajesh) and grandmother (Shanthi Mani) are low caste women with a dignity that belies their impoverished circumstances.

Crows Egg, Kaakkaa Muttai, Iyshwarya Rajesh, Shanthi Mani

Most of the male characters in the film are portrayed as opportunists, petty criminals or drunks with the exception of the inexplicably-named Fruit Juice, another slum-dweller who helps the boys in their quest. There is a Greek chorus in the form of a ragtag band of mischievous slum children who are both thorns in the side and unwitting allies of our heroes.

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The Crow's Egg opens nationally in Australian cinemas on November 19.
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Why? Crow's Egg (Kaakkaa Muttai) is little Indian film with a very big heart
When: Opens November 19 2015
Where: Selected Cinemas
Your Comment
It's a very sweet film - a great family movie
by Elizabeth Quinn (score: 2|177) 1999 days ago
This sounds like a fun movie. Will it be shown on the big screen I wonder.
by CassandraJoy (score: 3|1021) 2001 days ago
That sounds intriguing.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8093) 1999 days ago
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