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Kathaputali

The Puppet

Nepal 2021
produced by
Prithvi Rana Magar, Sampada Malla (executive) for Prithvi Rana Productions
directed by Veemsen Lama
starring Karma Shakya, Usha Rajak, Mithila Sharma, Gauri Malla, Dhurba Koirala, Lokmani Sapkota, Ganesh Munal, Subarna Thapa, Raj Thapa Kaucha, Shilpa Maskey, Benish Bhandari, Aanamika Lamichane, Karuna Shrestha, Shristi Mahrjan, Bhishma Joshi, Jeevan Jung Thapoa, Badri Pudasaini, Heman Tandukar, Bhairav Kathayat, Umakanta Sapkota, Bhusan Dahal (narration)
written by Sampada Malla, music by Nick Soole, visual effects by Ben Allinson

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It's chaos in the streets as an angry mob protests against their king (Dhurba Koirala) - and the king's only answer to this is to have the army shoot at the protesters, against the advice of many, especially that of crown prince Akash (Karma Shakya), who claims he has a way to stop the revolution, and is furious how his father pretty much gives away the throne he was to inherit. So Akash flees the royal palace to meet up with his allies to save the monarchy after all - but trying to evade protesters he falls down a cliff, to be found by Shova (Usha Rajak), a young woman who - fortunately for Akash - stands by her monarch rulers, so helps hide him from angry villagers and takes him to a remote palace that once has belonged to the royal family as a summer home but has been long abandoned and is now in disrepair - however, old maid Budi Amai (Mithila Sharma) has never left the palace, always waiting for the royal family to return, and now she's more than happy to take care of Akash, treating his serious injuries with whatever primitive means she has. Thing is, despite Budi Amai's best efforts, Akash does seem to get worse instead of better, and he starts to see ghosts and spirits that haunt the palace, hinting more and more at the place's violent history. Thing is, it's Akash's father who's an integral part of that history, and the spirits might use Akash as a conduit to get to the king ...

 

A very impressive piece of horror that skillfully mixes socio-political commentary into the proceedings but never drops the ball when it comes to creep out its audience, all the while choosing atmospheric filmmaking over pure spectacle. And of course, the impressive backdrops and rich and colourful cinematic language help with this, as does a strong ensemble cast, to make this into one unusual but very effective horror movie.

 

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