A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system (Mumbai’s Dabbawallahs) connects a young housewife to a stranger in the dusk of his life. They build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. Gradually, this fantasy threatens to overwhelm their reality.
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Cette petite comédie sentimentale se révèle être une émouvante réflexion sur la solitude, les regrets, les choix et le vieillissement. Sublimée par le dépaysement de l'Inde des classes moyennes, elle prend une teinte de critique sociale assez subtile sur les transformations modernes très loin de l'insupportable cinéma bollywoodien. On pense à "Une journée particulière"... Et ce n'est pas une petite référence.
can't get over how human this film is. when i read the summary, i was worried the plot would feel a tad forced, but it all feels so natural. the awkwardness, giddiness and how personal it all feels when you're reading a handwritten letter/note. top all of these nice feelings, with beautiful cinematography.
not a story about great epiphanies or sweeping romances but restrained acts of kindness, hesitancy and difficulties of being vulnerable even with the safety that sometimes confiding in strangers may give..
Comfortingly familiar, with many stock characters and situations; yet a bit more complex and insightful than it initially seems to be. The stock characters become real people. The trite back and forth letter writing plot miraculously works and isn't trite. THE LUNCHBOX is a satisfying light meal with pleasant texture.
A remarkable feature debut from writer/director Batra. It detours off the cliche track that Hollywood would have invariably taken and traverses a more genuine, heartfelt path. The premise is catalyst, not story. Irrfan Khan brings the same kind of inscrutable intensity he had "In Treatment", but instead of the dance of lies with Gabriel Byrne, here he slowly immerses himself with truths only a stranger could reveal.
The funny thing is that San Francisco start-ups are creating lunchbox delivery systems akin to the one depicted in this film. But there's no poetry here: the Californian Ideology only cares for the bottom line.