John Boorman (Point Blank, Deliverance, Hope and Glory) surprised everyone with this boisterous, energetic thriller based on a real life Dublin criminal, Martin Cahill. It’s an oblique take on "The Troubles", but one that pays off in spades (and hearts and diamonds too). The movie also made an unexpected star out of hitherto unknown Brendan Gleeson.
Set in a remote forest ashram in India, the film explores the daily life of the followers of Swami Dayananda, one of the last teachers of Vedanta. Rather than focus on the Swami or the intricacies of his teachings, Gurukulam places the audience in the ashram, evoking a visceral presence of the place and a tactile sense of the sacred.