TO LET a film directed by Chezhiyan Ra | India 2019 | 100 min.
Language: India Tamil with Italian Subtitles
Windows are a recurring motif in Chezhiyan’s To Let, which is aptly titled. They allow viewers to distant themselves from its characters and help structuring our perspective — it all depends on from where you see them. They also bring in a whiff of magical realism to the film and help in critical examination of the characters and their world. The film is filled with several scenes filmed from inside and outside a window. Midway through To Let, a character quotes Charlie Chaplin, explaining how the celebrated artiste turned his tragic life into comedy, to make people laugh. This is exactly what Chezhiyan does with his début film. It’s hard to imagine To Let as a feature film since it’s more of an autobiographical account on the director.
To Let is a quietly powerful film that superbly captures the economic imbalances that the information technology boom has created in our society, and the way it has impacted the lives of the middle-class