Recounts the story of a Laotian-born beggar girl along the Ganges River who, at the age of 12, had embarked on a ten-year journey that would eventually take her from Burma to India in a desperate attempt to lose herself in the unfamiliar landscape…
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Herein lies all that I've ever understood
concerning love's stag, shot and bleeding,
or the hunters passing around their silence
like cognac into silver cups. That native woman
from Burma wails nothing we didn't know.
While that white woman at the piano
is the sum of what we'll never understand.
How can the sun be green decay?
Oh, I think I'm flying.
This was one of the most unpleasant experiences in cinema I ever had. And now I am intrigued to see so many cinephiles find this "exciting", an emotional experience, thrilling even if one does not understand it. Well, I do want to know more about it. But at the time, watching the whole thing felt like torture. It was during a cinema cycle, and I still recall it as one of the worse movies I have ever seen in my life.
WARNING: This film is not for everybody. Whereas every other film on the planet puts either an equal emphasis on sight and sound or pushing the visuals only, this is one rare case where the sound is the core element. Which isn't to say that the mise en scene is not wonderful in it's own right. There is a story here, a tragic one at that, but it's presentation will be a hurdle many will hate and rightfully so.
Very enjoyable mood piece (not for everyone) by M. Duras. I can't think of another writer who dabbled in film who understands the visual medium of film like she does yet her writing and films feel very cohesively in her voice. I love Seyrig and Lonsdale.
I can easily understand why India Song doesn't work for so many people but I sat there entranced by the whole thing. Unique filmmaking. Awesome score. And Seyrig still manages to be awesome as she wanders through the film like a ghost.
Characters intrinsically tied to society, other people, space and time(in both the sense of cinematic rhythm and “human history”).
Without any “acting” or sentimentality such tremendous emotion is expressed.
India Song is an immensely affecting fusion of film and literature. Images, music and VO inseparably connected.
Duras has created something profoundly poetic and completely unique.