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Views of Independent Cinema: Malik Isasis

The Elegant Clockwork of the Universe

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dir. Malik Isasis, USA, 2013, digital, 115 min.

Director Malik Isasis in person

Set in New York City, The Elegant Clockwork of the Universe chronicles the immediate days following Mala Adou’s disappearance, and her boyfriend Muhammad’s dogged drive to find her. Muhammad Masood is a middle school teacher whose life is turned upside down when he awakens one morning to find Mala Adou, his lover of six years, gone—having left behind everything. After waiting several days, he reports her missing, only to become the prime suspect in her disappearance. While under investigation, Muhammad embarks on a journey to search for Mala; he discovers a deeper mystery in the woman he thought he knew. Finding her journal, which Muhammad hides from the police, he begins to uncover some of Mala’s life, and unravel the delicately woven history he’d shared with a woman he knew almost nothing about. Muhammad and the police conduct their parallel searches, but both are unprepared for the answers they find. Set against the backdrop of the Long Island murders, nothing in this story is what it seems.