Adam Joan is a
serious intense film, intense in emotions, about the members of the Pothen family partly settled in Scotland. They get embroiled in the practices of a Satanic cult when Ila, their youngest member, is kidnapped during an Easter season in Scotland. The film is narrated as little stories of guilt and misgivings of each of the Pothens, which in turn, casts doubts on each of them, with respect to the kidnap of the little girl. Set in the backdrop of the Christian and the Satanic church, this film makes for an interesting visual and ritualistic contrast.
Prithviraj is Adam Joan, the older of the two Pothen sons, a carefree bachelor residing in a verdant part of Kerala, happy with his quiet life inside his estates while his friends and family enjoy bustling lives within cities in Kerala and Scotland. Then, he meets the mellifluous Amy (Mishti Chakaborty), falls in love, and marries her.
A rupture in his happy life begins when he has to leave his pregnant wife behind in Scotland in the care of his mother, brother and sister-in-law while he returns to India to resume charge of his estate. When Amy dies in childbirth, Adam develops an aversion towards his newly born baby girl, Ila. His childless younger brother, Alan (Rahul Madhav) and wife, Swetha (Bhavana) are only too willing to adopt his girl to bring her up as their own. The brothers live apart for 7 years until their mother is shot at point blank range by a group of masked men as she tries to stop them from kidnapping and getting away with her granddaughter. In the absence of a robust investigation on the part of the Scottish police, Adam along with his friend Syriac (Narien) tries to piece together clues to find Ila and the cult of Satanic worshipers behind this incident.
The film demands a certain amount of attention from the audience because of its intensity of emotions portrayed, the black & blue tones, and can prove to be little heavy on the senses. The plot is predictable, the second half is a little bit of a drag, and I came home and slept off, drained from the film. For a feel, here’s the trailer
Adam Joan released during Onam 2017 is written and directed by debutante Jinu Abraham, distributed by Renji Panicker Entertainment.