Short Film Review: Dodo (2021) by Ayan

The problem with the senility of the aged is one which has been tormenting the entire world in essence, since no drugs has been discovered for these sort of ailments (Alzheimer’s) and the burden the individuals who deal with the unwell often appears Sisyphean. Ayan presents his view on the topic on a brief that depicts it nevertheless, by a prism of filial love.

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The 15-minute quick begins considerably surrealistically, with a pigeon standing on a stone construction of types. Quickly, the body opens and an aged woman sitting on a chair is revealed. She tries to consider one thing and to behave on one thing that’s solely in her thoughts, however her voice doesn’t attain Malati, the maid who’s cooking contained in the kitchen. Quickly, the aged woman strikes inside the home and begins trying to find one thing inside some suitcases stuffed with garments. The maid, who was speaking to the cellphone, lastly takes wind of what’s occurring and involves her. At that time, Babu, the the previous woman’s son arrives to the home, considerably aggravated for Malati’s delay to open the door. A name to the physician reveals that his mom is affected by some sort of debilitating illness of the thoughts, whereas her search is revealed to be for a sweater she wished her son to put on at school. Babu treats her lack of reference to actuality with love and understanding.

Ayan directs a film that appears to state the “drugs” for senility is filial love, with Babu being the medium of this message. On the identical time, and in a secondary stage, he additionally offers with the idea of reminiscence and nostalgia, primarily stating that even when the previous is gone, the latter nonetheless stays, together with the sensation of motherly love.

On the identical time, nevertheless, the extreme use of music results in some moments of pressured sentimentalism that are completely pointless, whereas the depiction of Malati as some kind irresponsible “villain” borders on being racist, much more so attributable to Babu’s behaviour in direction of her.

However, the cinematography by Ayan himself works fairly good, even managing to incorporate some photos of magnificence in a setting that’s extra dramatic that lovely, whereas Swapna Banerjee as Mom offers an important efficiency, highlighting the problems her character faces in a vogue that’s each eloquent and measured and Pinaki Mazundar as Babu is convincing each in his frustration and understanding.

“Dodo” has some points, which appear to have one thing to do with the director’s general mentality, each relating to his technical strategy (the extreme music) and society (the presentation of the maid) however his fundamental message does come by fairly eloquently, and thru a story that’s cinematically interesting.

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