Friday, 11 September 2015

"Brahmin Bulls" (Guardian 11/09/15)

Brahmin Bulls **

Dir: Mahesh Pailoor. With: Sendhil Ramamurthy, Roshan Seth, Mary Steenburgen, Cassidy Freeman. 96 mins. Cert: 12A

This genial, L.A.-set indie contrives a reunion between widowed professor Roshan Seth and his self-absorbed architect son Sendhil Ramamurthy, connected only by the mess they’ve made of their personal lives. Unlike much recent Silver Screen fodder, Mahesh Pailoor’s film is appreciably relaxed around matters of age and race, yet – as a missing-cat subplot suggests – it’s somewhat underpowered: Pailoor’s energies have gone on over-neat scripting that insistently turns everything from large-scale construction projects to fleeting items of toilet graffiti into comments on the characters’ lives. As soon as the prof plants roots in his son’s backyard an hour in, we know everyone’ll basically be fine – and they are.

Brahmin Bulls opens in selected cinemas from today.

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