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Fire (1996)

Cast: Dilip Mehta, Dilip Mehta, Alice Poon, more...
Director: Deepa Mehta, Deepa Mehta
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: New Yorker Video
Genre: Drama, Romance, Gay & Lesbian, Features, Erotica
Running Time: 108 min.
Languages: English
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In this India-set Canadian drama, two disparate wives related by marriage and united at first by the oppressiveness of Indian tradition that relegates them to miserable unions, find solace and love in each other's arms. The film opens as an unhappy young couple, Jatin and Sita, fumble through a conversation. Neither wanted to marry each other, but as it was arranged by Jatin's family, they had no choice. Marriage does not stop Jatin, who owns a video store, from continuing his long-time love affair with a Chinese hairdresser. Caring nothing for Sita, he doesn't even try to hide the affair. Jatin's brother Ashok (who forced Jatin's marriage) is married to Radha. Deeply frustrated at her inability to conceive, he has joined a radical cult that forbids all sexual contact. Ashok and Jatin's demanding mother doesn't help matters nor does the family's twisted servant Mundu. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Featurette Examining the Controversy
  • Director's Notes
  • Cast Profiles and Filmographies

GreenCine Member Reviews

a great surprise by alexjb April 28, 2006 - 12:39 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
as the director says in an interview, this movie is about a people who are victims of tradition.

it's about women, and to a lesser extent men, who are trapped in the strict and long-standing traditions of India. the fact that the women break out of their shackles by falling in love with each other is both central to the plot and secondary at the same time. for the older woman, it takes falling in love for her to realize how deeply locked in she has become, but the pattern is strong. each character expresses the feeling of being trapped while simultaneously reinforcing the trap for everyone else.

there's also a brief documentary on the disc discussing the huge controversy surrounding the film's release in India.

Very Interesting by jheltsley July 19, 2004 - 2:06 PM PDT
4 out of 9 members found this review helpful
I have never been a great fan of movies from India, but this was caught my attention. It is a good drama, with a interesting plot line. You become very familiar with the cast of characters and find yourself involved in the process. If you are looking for sex and nudity, you won't find it here, but you will find a good story

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