Orange Valley Review

Orange Valley - This old fashioned family drama has been conceived on the premise of armed revolution. While the revolutionary part has been narrated convincingly, the silly dramatic events make things a baffling mess. (1.8) (K. R. Rejeesh)



From the outset, this film exposes its obsolete narrative structure through the life of a young woman. The hotel in the hill station and the meeting between the lead pairs also reassure its predictable nature. Written and directed by R.K. Dreamwest, this film effuses a tired and tested formula that struggles to excite you in most parts.


Set in the 1980s in Munnar, "Orange Valley" follows the life of Sophia, portrayed by Vanditha Manoharan, and the repercussions she is destined to face after two men enters into her life. As a housekeeper of a hotel, she had a brief romantic episode with Anand (Bibin Mathai). Later, she marries lorry driver Stephen, essayed by Diphul, who admired her from his childhood. Illiterate Stephen learns how to read and write with the help of his daughter and her teacher, Raveendhran Mash (Baiju Bala). Once he's is drawn into Naxalism by Raveendhran Mash and there begins the days of trouble.


The intimacy that occurs between Sophia and Anand in a jiffy lacks vivid justification especially when you consider Sophia as the responsible breadwinner of her family. Filmmaker Dreamwest confidently delineates the stances of Communism and Naxalism in same issues. But going beyond the life of Stephen's family in order to explain the Naxals' life only kindles the question: What is the purpose of the jail incident in the story?


The soppy meeting of two women in Anand's life and the following sequences drag the proceedings unnecessarily, evoking yawns inevitably. Newcomers Diphul and Vanditha effortlessly play their characters. But the natural way of acting is hard to identify in the performance of another new face Bibin.


This highly old fashioned family drama has been conceived on the premise of armed revolution. While the revolutionary part has been narrated convincingly, the silly dramatic events make things a baffling mess.



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