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Elippathayam (The Rat Trap) (1981) is a feature film written and directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan. It is in Malayalam. It is critically considered by many to be one of the most outstanding pieces in Adoor Gopalakrishnan's oeuvre.

This film documents the feudal life in Kerala at its twilight. The protagonist is trapped within himself and is unable to comprehend the changes taking place around him. The film won the British Film Institute award for Most Original and Imaginative film shown at the National Film Theatre in 1982. The film was shown and very well received at a number of film festivals around the world.

Elippathayam
Directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Produced by Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Written by Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Starring Jalaja
Karamana Janardanan Nair
Rajam K. Nair
Sharada
Balan K. Nair
Music by Vijay Bhaskar
Cinematography Mankada Ravi Varma
Editing by M. Mani
Release date(s) 1981
Running time 121 mins
Language Malayalam