In 1938, Gandhi’s party is making inroads in women’s rights. Chuyia, a child already married but living with her parents, becomes a widow. By tradition, she is unceremoniously left at a bare and impoverished widows’ ashram, beside the Ganges during monsoon season…
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Visually sumptuous enough that it's not impossible to sit through the formulaic and predictable story. The film addresses some important things, though in entirely unoriginal ways... further detracted from by the heavy reliance on some kinda problematic tropes. Meh.
Petit bijou de film, contre le stupide obscurantisme religieux, l'ancestral machisme hindouiste et la constante oppression exercée sur les femmes depuis leur plus jeune âge, avec des scènes douces et fortes comme celles de la complicité dansée entre Kalyani et Chuyia, rythmée par une pluie ruisselante, celle de la fête du Festival des Couleurs, émouvantes et tristes. www.cinefiches.com
a bit predictable & the acting wasn't so great, but it addresses some important issues that have gone unnoticed, while reflecting & exemplifying some of the subjects & themes of postcolonial literature.
Deepa Mehta is one of the most adventurous and courageous filmmakers of our time. She deserves more than her own page! Regardless, FIRE and EARTH, the other parts of this trilogy are also not to be missed!