How India Whipped Up the Year’s Wildest, Craziest Oscar Entry With ‘Jallikattu’

How India Whipped Up the Year’s Wildest, Craziest Oscar Entry With ‘Jallikattu’
A version of this story about “Jallikattu” first appeared in the International Film Issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine.

In a field of Best International Feature Film submissions that includes a handful of horror movies, some excruciatingly drawn-out art films and at least one severed hand bobbing in a cooking pot, India probably has the wildest, craziest film of all in Lijo Jose Pellissery’s “Jallikattu.”

With an approach that is at times reminiscent of Darren Aronofsky’s divisive “Mother!” from 2017, “Jallikattu” takes the story of a water buffalo that escapes from the butcher’s shop in a small mountain village and turns it into an exercise in rampaging testosterone and over-the-top chaos. The last half of the film is one long, crazed action sequence that runs on blood and mud and ends with a huge, grotesque pyramid of men clawing to be king of the hill.

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