A small white pile of foam glistens in the sun. Moments later it evaporates, its wetness seeped into the earth. By small I mean that, if it weren’t so toxic, you could hold it in your hand – the wide peaks and folds that in previous shots floated and billowed across the screen, reduced here to a glistening handful. Then it disappears from sight. When does pollution become an abstraction – when it seeps? When it evaporates? Sindhu Thirumalaisamy’s film Kere mattu Kere (The Lake and The Lake) (2019) suggests that environmental crisis is as banal as it is spectacular...

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