Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak star in a bright story in which an old man plays chess with Death.
A whiff of enchanted authenticity infests The Coffin Maker, a sweet story around an old crab who finds he just has a month to live, told against the tropical setting of Goa, India. Its most prominent legitimacy lies in its conviction, which turns into the gathering of people’s conviction, that life merits enjoying minus all potential limitations and love is its most critical esteem. Recorded in brilliant hues with lilting music and intense, stagey characters, it has a warm effortlessness that can feel exaggerated and angering now and again, yet in a few scenes this people story straps on wings and takes off inwardly.
It was one of two Indian movies in rivalry at the late International Film Festival of India and is going to set out on a celebration run, where it ought to discover appreciation. For English-talking groups of onlookers, an or more is that all the dialog is in the diverting English patois talked by local people, escalating a casual Caribbean feeling.