Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Review: Water

Director: Deepa Mehta

Starring: Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas

Year: 2005

Genre: Drama

Rated: PG-13

Length: 117 min.

IMDB Summary: After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.

Emotionally intense and dramatically portrayed, Water relays the message that Hinduism, as with all world religions, has had dark moments in its history. By depicting the women in a widows' house, cut off from the rest of society, Water conveys the sorrows, struggles and search for freedom that these women experience behind the compound walls. The acting and cinematography are spectacular, as well as the musical score, combining traditional and modern elements to create an eclectic and emotionally-charged atmosphere. The lack of color--the widows are dressed in white and the compound is a drab gray--until the last scene, which takes place during the colorful festivities of Holi, symbolizes the joy that the women must rediscover after so many years of suffering. All of the actors, including the child actress, give exceptional performances. I especially like Raghuvir Yadav as the eunuch who supplies the head widow with her ganja and helps her prostitute the widows for income. His acting talents brilliantly portray his character. Really, all of the actors in this movie are outstanding. With its top-notch acting, cinematography and music, Water is definitely worth the watch.

For Parents:
Child molestation is implied, though the door closes and nothing is shown.

My Rating:
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