A young Frenchman (Jean-Hugues Anglade) finds adventure in India while searching for a lost friend who disappeared. During his search he will find strange people but he will discover too a new fascinating country.
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I expected whitewashing and to see India through the occidental gaze but discovered a subtle, very smart thriller with some of the finest Indian actors in unforgettable parts. The atmosphere of the film is similar to the weather that makes the main character almost faint in a Mumbai hospital: found a lot of the suffocating vibes of Apocalypse Now present. This is how postcolonial European cinema looks out.
Crushingly elusive, admittedly amorphous. A meditative travelogue. Gorgeous, knowing photography of India and its characters. Jean-Hugues Anglade is sexily composed as a long-lost traveler of the heart. Incidentally, he looks really good walking out of water. Felt like it was getting somewhere canonically queer....could it be only one man exists?
Visceral, like those flashes of memory or imagination (what separates the two?) which constitute the deep, evasive desire for some unknown thing, inherently immaterial. "To dream of Bordeaux is not only better, but truer, than actually to arrive in Bordeaux."