'Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam' movie review : Relationship story
The film can be seen as a cross between Zafar Panahi's taxi, which is set inside a car, and Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise series, made up of conversations between two lovers.
A stationary camera inside a car, which constantly strikes two characters for the better part of one-and-a-half hours - is Don Palthara's Santhosanthinte Onam Rahshyam in a row.
Don, who has the rare distinction of having two of his films screened in this edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), takes a change from his trajectory in his fourth film, but keeps the element of experimentation alive, which is his first film. Is evident from Shamam.
The narrative centers on Maria (Reema Kalingal) and Jethin (Jitin Puthencherry), the accompanying partner, who is going to a clinic in her car for a pregnancy test. Maria is demanding 'solution' from him. He is a small-time actor with no steady income. Their parents are not at all in their relationship. She is not yet ready to have a baby and is also planning for higher studies. She thinks she is irresponsible, and the child will grow under their burden.
The film can be seen as a cross between Zafar Panahi's taxi, which is set inside a car, and Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise series, made up of conversations between two lovers. However, here many conversations of a phone call and a screenplay that Jitin is reading during the break revolve around relationships rather than being random. Don and the two actors manage to give the dialogue flow an organic look instead of the screenplay.