Self-effacing British auteur Michael Winterbottom sets his unique spin on Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles against a contemporary Indian backdrop. Freida Pinto stars as the titular Trishna, a young woman who is seduced by the wealthy son of a property developer. As the romance develops, their relationship also becomes increasingly sordid and volatile. –TIFF
Acclaimed British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom is known for making intense, passionate films that explore the demands of human relationships and emotional commitment. He first earned recognition with Butterfly Kisses (1995), a somewhat controversial revision of the buddy/road genre that told the story of a pair of lesbians (Saskia Reeves and Amanda Plummer) who go on a killing spree across Great Britain.
Born in Blackburn, Lancashire, on March 29, 1961, Winterbottom earned a degree at Oxford and received film training in Bristol and London. After beginning his professional career as a film editor for Thames Television, he directed two documentaries about Ingmar Bergman and a few television series, most notably the acclaimed BBC drama Family (1994).
The same year that Butterfly Kiss was released, Winterbottom presented audiences with a film of an entirely different sort. Go Now, a romantic drama starring Robert Carlyle as a man whose… read more
Freida Pinto gave a great performance. No one else did though except the scene with Roshan Seth which I liked. The story didn't really hold together and the characters didn't feel well developed, namely Riz Ahmed's character. The soundtrack was very good and the cinematography and art direction were brilliant.
Great performances in this at times heavy-handed examination of a tragic romance that spans the rich/poor/caste divide in present day India. Beautifully shot it certainly succeeded in making me wish to visit. The performance from lead actress Freida Pinto is captivating and the greatest strength of the film. 3 stars
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