Time Out says
When their visa application to Germany is rejected, Stanley and Manoj seem destined to spend their lives hustling on the streets of Colombo. Until Stanley stumbles across a bizarre ad: the German Handball Association is seeking teams to attend the world championships in Bavaria. The only catch: no one in Sri Lanka has heard of the game.
With its twinkly underdog charm sugarcoating a surprisingly direct indictment of global immigration policy, ‘Machan’ seems eager to evade the lazy feelgood trap, but a last-act stumble into sports-triumph territory undermines Pasolini’s clear affinity – and sympathy– for his subject.
Cast and crew
Gihan de Chickera