Starring Rajam K. Nair, Sharada, Jalaja and Karamana Janardanan Nair, "Elippathayam" (also known as "Rat-Trap") is a Drama film directed and written by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, released in the USA on March 27 of 1983.

Directed by:
Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Written by:
Adoor Gopalakrishnan


The film revolves around a middle-aged man Unni and his three sisters; and their struggle to let go of Kerala's feudal system of life. His elder sister fights for her share of the property, whilst his obedient younger sister works for Unni like a slave. Eventually, succumbing to the adverse conditions surrounding him, he withdraws like a rat into a hole. The Rat Trap acts as a metaphor to understand how the women are placed within the feudal system of Kerala. Gopalakrishnan says in his interview that the [...]



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Adoor Gopalakrishnan is an Indian director.

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"Elippathayam" was initally released in the United States on Sunday, March 27, 1983. Also released on Sunday, March 27, 1983 has been "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads" (dir. Spike Lee)

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