This was THE hidden diamond of TIFF '12 - and unlike any film i saw at the festival - dark & beautifully made, built of sweat and poetry. Like an impressionistic, fucked-up documentary shot in the bowels of the mumbai exploitation industry in the 80s, this film just blew me away with it's pulp & beauty, dense atmosphere & silk shirts.. gorgeous filmmaking - made with a true love of cinema. really incredible.
damn, this film be something else. killer pop style, dark atmosphere, intense really. just saw it in melbourne - the best indian film i've ever seen. would love to see it again - but yes, wild & not to everyones tastes (as are all the good things, no?). for them whitey's expecting elephants - nah, not going to happen with this one, really...
For fans of adventurous cinema, this film was perhaps the most exciting discovery of Cannes 2012, and possibly one of wildest films along with the Carax. A delirious mashup of improvised documentary, giallo, bollywood noir and 60s Euro art house...Totally wack. Like Yasuzo Masumura directing a Von Stroheim film on acid with Dario Argento as the art designer. wildy original and inventive filmmaking.
Cannes films have a tendency to provoke reaction, with selections chosen for their impact more often than any conventionally commercial appeal, and as a result, responses from those who attend tend to polarize. So it's NO surprise that Ahluwalia‘s poetic, deranged, experimental oddity Miss Lovely pushed more than a few buttons. There is nothing like it from India - hell, there is just nothing like it.