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Water (2005)

Cast: Seema Biswas, Lisa Ray, John Abraham, more...
Director: Deepa Mehta, Deepa Mehta
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Romance, India, Canada
Running Time: 117 min.
Languages: Italian
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Following the sudden and unexpected death of her husband, a widowed child bride lashes out against her fate in the Hindu ashram where she is expected to atone for her sins in this humanistic drama, the third installment of filmmaker Deepa Mehta's Elemental Trilogy. Chuyia's (Sarala) husband has died, and religious doctrine dictates that she now retire to an ashram to atone for the sins that caused her husband's untimely death. As Chuyia bides her time among widows both young an old -- some accepting of their fate and some bitterly resentful -- the preadolescent widow's spirit remains unbroken and hopeful for a brighter future. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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stark and beautiful by KJoan March 15, 2007 - 10:23 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I think this movie is so interesting, not because of the beauty but because of the lives of the "nuns" that this movie depicts. The movie shows a type of living that is barely that. Women in the USA are not treated equal. The women in the movie are treated worse than cattle. Yet in all of that there is beauty still. And the ability to find beauty in very poor conditions is inspiring. Is this a chick flick? Maybe. I am a chick and I loved it. I cried. Is this a dude flick? Maybe for some dudes. I am not a dude. I don't know.

A Bit of a Drip by talltale September 9, 2006 - 7:22 PM PDT
6 out of 11 members found this review helpful
Stately, lovely to look at, obvious and bordering-on-boring, WATER come heralded with praise but strikes me as the least of Deepa Mehta's accomplishments thus far. Yes, India's widows have a terrible cross to bear--one that ought to have been removed from them many decades ago. But I would have profited more from a fifteen minute intelligent lecture on the subject by a woman armed with the facts and an interesting story or two.

This two-hour movie, which goes by oh-so-slowly and is full of coincidence at all the wrong times, even features a cute little puppy. The script never rises above the prosaic, the use of Gandhi as some kind of touchstone is clumsy indeed, and while most of the performances are OK, the beautiful leading lady is played by Lisa Ray more like a model than anyone living a moment-to-moment life. Good intentions and skilled moviemaking do not join forces in this, one of those films of which I can't for the life of me figure out what all the shouting is about (other than this social problem, which certainly needs to be addressed.)

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