Film review: Talvar
A taut film on the Noida double homicide, built around an exceptional screenplay
Much has already been written about Talvar’s debt to Rashomon, the 1950 Akira Kurosawa film trotted out by movie critics whenever contrasting narratives enter the picture. While competing accounts do play a big part in Talvar, the film I was reminded of most was Alan J. Pakula’s All the President’s Men. Both these films are built around screenplays which whittle down impossibly tangled real-life cases into sharp, concise narratives. Both delight in the nuts and bolts of investigation. And both use their scandals (Watergate, the 2008 Noida double homicide) to hint at a larger sense of institutional failure and societal malaise.
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