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Fire, Earth and Water (Deepa Mehta) (3 Pack)

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Fire: Banned in India, Fire is the first film to confront lesbianism in a culture adamantly denying such a love could ever exist. Shabana Azmi shines as Radha Kapur in this taboo-breaking portrayal of contemporary India and the hidden desires that threaten to defy traditional expectations. In a barren, arranged marriage to an amateur swami who seeks enlightenment through celibacy. Radha's life takes an irresistible turn when her beautiful young sister-in-law seeks to free herself from the confines of her own loveless marriage and into the supple embrace of Radha. ~~~~~~~~ Earth: Deepa Mehta directs this tale about the 1947 Partition of India. Told through the eyes of an eight-year-old child, it's a story about the violence and hardships which the country endures as war spreads throughout the region. Overcoming citizens of all economic and social classes, the film mirrors contemporay situations such as the conflict in Kosovo. ~~~~~~~~ Water: Set in 1938 Colonial India, against Mahatma Gandhi's rise to power, the story begins when eight-year-old Chuyia is widowed and sent to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence. Chuyia's feisty presence affects the lives of the other residents, including a young widow, who falls for a Gandhian idealist. "Deepa Mehta's Water is a magnificent film. The ensemble acting of the women in the widows' hostel is exceptional: intimate, painful, wounded, jaundiced, corrupted, tender, tough. The fluid lyricism of the camera provides an unsettling contrast to the arid difficulties of the characters' lives. The film has serious, challenging things to say about the crushing of women by atrophied religious and social dogmas, but, to its great credit, it tells its story from inside its characters, rounding out the human drama of their lives, and unforgettably touching the heart."

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  • Actors: Shabana Azmi, Lisa Ray, Nandita Das, Seema Biswas, Kulbushan Kharbanda
  • Directors: Deepa Mehta
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W0D7MG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Ashley Stillwell on March 10, 2010
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This is perhaps the worst service i have ever had through amazon! The copies were horrible, one didnt even play and another was missing subtitles. It took far too long to have them shipped, and they were defective when they finally got to me. I have been trying to fix this over the past 2 and a half months and am now out of an additional $15 worth of shipping because i had to send the package back to india. I lost the tracking number so the seller doesnt believe that i sent it back. 32 emails have passed between us and usually he refers to me as sir and is not very professional. Never buy from this seller!
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CAREFUL!!! Make sure this 3 pack movies are the original ones!
i ordered recently this 3 movie pack of Deepa Mehta and they turned to by a very bad copies and i paid for them 35 dls! This is not fear! this is not a professional way to sell movies!!

PAY CLOSE ATTENTION!!! don't make the same mistake!
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I purchased this set a few years ago. They are poor quality copies. Fortunately, the movies were viewable, so I didn't feel totally ripped.
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Read about one of the later DVD's, found that the director had a series in mind, not just a single issue to be exposed. It took her several years to get funding for each, production was stopped in India when topic became known and the movies banned in India. One deals with partition into India and Pakistan, another about child widows and the third focus is a relationship between two women. These are not new releases so harder to find all three with English/English subtitles as a single package.
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In a word, WOW! Viewed Earth a few years ago, then watched Water a few days ago. WOW!!!!! This Is Not Bollywood happy happy happy singing, dancing, etc. The timeline covers 2 turbulent decades in India's 20th Century history from the viewpoint of a specific onlooker. Gripping stories as told by a premier woman director who doesn't shy away from controversy.

Would I buy it again? Yup, as a gift. Problems? None. What I liked? the dramatic content, the fact that each story flows without obvious prompting and that each is vividly told, explicit without any seedy edge, associations. Reality is rarely pretty, so why invest in fluff to either cover or avoid it? Better to tell a story honestly -- warts and all-- then let the viewer decide.
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