Trishna 2012 R CC

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Trishna lives with her family in a village in Rajasthan. She works in a nearby resort to help pay the bills. Jay is the wealthy son of a property developer. When the two move to Mumbai, Jay's deep family bond threaten the young lovers' bliss.

Starring:
Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed
Runtime:
1 hour 54 minutes

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Trishna

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Genres Drama
Director Michael Winterbottom
Starring Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed
Supporting actors Meeta Vashisht, Harish Khanna, Roshan Seth, Leela Madhauram, Pratiksha Singh, Neet Mohan, Sam Hastings, Marc Richardson, Anurag Kashyap, Kalki Koechlin, Amit Trivedi, Meenakshi Singh, Chanchal Sharma, Shweta Tripathi, Manisha Kakran, Shahin Mapker, Poonam Kasekar, Agnes Sonkar
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Too many little themes going on that never get finished.
Rodney Varfley
Trishna has choices after she receives an education, but she instead chooses to follow her passion for Jay.
Grady Harp
For a lower budget film this was a fairly well constructed movie.
Mr. Mark Langenbacher

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Hunter on November 19, 2012
Format: DVD
I agree with another reviewer who points out that this film is only remotely inspired by Tess of the d'Urbervilles. Even so, it highlights the continuing inequalities between class and gender.

Riz Ahmed (of Four Lions) is impressive as the sweet yet entitled Jay. His besotted lover changes believably when he finds out that Trishna had an abortion after their first encounter. That he is also called back to London to be with his ailing father contributes to the emotional distance between himself and Trishna. When he returns to India and, reluctantly, to his father's hotel business, he and Trishna are socially separated: he to the high class position of hotel proprietor and she to being a servant. This additional separation, in addition to the emotional separation and his father's illness and death, turns Jay into a brutal and dominating sexual predator.

Freida Pinto, as Trishna, has been criticized for not having enough of an emotional palette in this movie. However, Trishna would have been used to hiding her emotions. Her father is also domineering, requiring her to bring him water, tend to the children, accompany him to market. Therefore, she is used to doing as she is told. We know that she may have been spirited as a child since her younger brother and sister are delightfully open, fun-loving and mischievous. On reaching adolescence, we can assume that all this changed since Trishna's compliance reveals the extent to which many Indian women are still forced into subservience.

Trishna's shyness with Jay is as credible as is her frightened complicity in their first sexual encounter. He is a male. He has rescued her from the Eve-teasers, therefore she owes him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GskFn on June 22, 2013
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Gritty, gripping, and disturbing. With captivating slices of Indian life, rural and urban. However, the story seems a bit farfetched at times. And the main characters were written a little too thin and plot lines too pat in spots. That notwithstanding, there are moments of subtle, piercing drama and social comment as well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 21, 2012
Format: DVD
To claim that TRISHNA is an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's `Tess of the D'Urbervilles' is really stretching the imagination. This is an engrossing film about caste differences in India: the screenwriters are not mentioned - only the fact that director Michael Winterbottom based his story on Hardy's famous novel seems to be more of a PR draw than reality. But the film is well acted and the aromas and atmospheres of India are well captured.

TRISHNA reveals the life of one woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances. Set in contemporary Rajasthan, Trishna (Freida Pinto, beautiful and sensitive) meets a wealthy young British businessman Jay Singh (Riz Ahmed, inordinately handsome and polished) who has come to India to work in his father's hotel business. After an accident destroys her father's Jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love. But despite their feelings for each other, they cannot escape the conflicting pressures of a rural society which is changing rapidly through industrialization, urbanization and, above all, education. Trishna's tragedy is that she is torn between the traditions of her family life and the dreams and ambitions that her education has given her: the sexual double standard to which Tess falls victim despite being a truly good woman makes her despised by society after losing her virginity before marriage. Trishna has choices after she receives an education, but she instead chooses to follow her passion for Jay. Jay truly loves Trishna but his social class demands that he keep Trishna as an employee, making his physical love affair with her a private matter due to the rules of the caste system.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jay B. Lane TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 7, 2012
Format: DVD
Based on Thomas Hardy's classic tragedy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, this beautifully presented Bollywood version is surprisingly seamy and steamy (most Bollywood movies scarcely have a kiss), but the lovely Freida Pinto is perfect as our titular heroine. Our 2012 Seattle International Film Festival screening audience was very quiet as this ended; most of us knew the book, so we weren't surprised. We appreciated the R-rated updates: abortion, cell phones and jets, and suffered with Trishna, as her degradation and humiliation escalated at the hands of that handsome scoundrel.

Let's look at some of the multilingual cast (English and Hindi, with English captions):

* Freida Pinto ("Slumdog Millionaire") is Trishna, who has managed to get some education despite her poverty, but it only serves to make her a misfit in her old village and with her family. Ultimately she has nowhere to turn.
* Riz Ahmed ("Centurion") is Jay, the son of a wealthy hotelier. He has no drive and no ambition, other than to work his way through the Kama Sutra. As his boredom grows, he demeans Trishna more and more.
* Roshan Seth ("Amal") is Jay's blind father, disappointed in his son but dependent on him to run the hotel, just the same.

The dusty chaos that is India still mesmerizes, but this film could have been at least fifteen minutes shorter. Our heroine toils in the fields, in a factory, in a kitchen and in a hotel, and while those things are interesting, the lingering photography ultimately begins to wear. With a DVD from Amazon.com, we can fast-forward through those spots.
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