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The Trap

Die Falle

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“Fireworks companies will take him ... He’ll be paid well too.” · “Will they look after him well? I have taken such good care of him.”

In the paradisiacal countryside of Southern India, Kuttappayi and his Grandfather raise flocks of ducks in vast flooded fields, they fish, tell each other stories and kid around. Ever since the eight-year-old lost his parents, his Grandfather has looked after him with great tenderness. The boy’s life seems easy and sheltered, that is until the old man falls ill and the boy’s future is suddenly uncertain. Based loosely on Chekhov’s short story Vanka, director Jayaraj’s film tells the timeless story of a boy who wishes for nothing more than to be able to go to school. Alas, his dreams are dashed when confronted with the cruel reality of a world marked by poverty and the total absence of equal opportunity. A fate shared by millions of children around the world.

India 2015, 81 min


Jayaraj Rajasekharan Nair


Ashanth K Sha
Kumarakom Vasavan
Shine Tom Chacko
Sabitha Jayaraj