From the producers of Lost in Translation comes a visually stunning film in which a young man with two old film projectors in the back of his antique Chevy discovers love, life and laughter on the back roads of India.
A big-hearted love letter to cinema. --NYC Film Critic.com
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Of course, along the way, he gathers friends and enemies, and learns a host of lessons about life, love, poverty and what it means to be a man. While it was fun to see this familiar story in such a different cultural context, it is still a familiar story, at times too familiar.
There were also moments where the delicate blend of humor and reality didn't quite work - dangerous situations solved too cutely, complex relationships wrapped up in a few moments, important social issues touched on, but not explored.
Still, this is beautifully photographed, well acted, enjoyable and a very human movie, that also shows the world-wide power of film (on the truck are projectors and old films that serve our hero more than once).
Not quite a great film, but a charming, well made, and heart-felt one that's well-worth catching.
This is an epic, mythic trial by the fire of self-discovery, using all the elements of the mythic hero's journey. At first our hero declines the mythic call to action. He finds selling his father's hair-oil and spiel both beyond him and not a part of him---he cannot honor his father, because of his own self. He wants more from life.
However, he finally answers the call to duty, out of his own basic goodness and fine inner principles, when he offers to deliver an ancient truck that has been sold by an elderly man who obviously cannot make the long and dangerous trip.
Our hero crosses a blazing desert landscape populated by demons---bandits---and evil spirits---death by dehydration. He reaches a run down old place in the middle of nowhere where he is flagged down by a boy who works there and offered tea. The boy is symbolic of the Harbinger or Gatekeeper, into the beyond. He attaches himself to our hero and the marvelous, magical-looking ancient truck, as they enter a doorway of no return into the vast sweep of the killing desert.
When the truck breaks down the boy disappears and returns with a small, impossibly fat, dirty, barely human-looking, local man, a "mechanic," an archetypal wizard, who can fix anything and make everything work, who makes a bargain to fix the truck if he will be transported by our hero to a "fair" that he knows is coming to a place he knows about. The classic Deal with a wizard.
I don't want to reveal any more here, except that we do meet with a sorceress who helps transform and settle all things concerned in this wonderful, creative, marvelous, brilliant, epic excursion into a wonderland of self-discovery and classic morality.
Oh...when it comes, when he shows up: the character of the pesky hair-oil salesman is a spirit, an omnipresent, persistent agitator to help our hero make the transition of acceptance of his father, and able to make the leap to the roaring, fast, free, windy journey that remains ahead. His mission is to help our hero discover the true elixir of life. So...does he do it? :)
This is a fantastic film. Buy it; see it; you will want to do it all again.
In the movie, Abhay Deol is facing a grim future, he has been handed the reins of his fathers massage oil business and he loathes this work. He jumps at the chance to make a road trip for delivering a truck for a family friend. This road trip supposed to have been interesting as he meets a host of characters that should have enhanced the movie and led to the possibility of the plot developing any further. But they do not and seem to be pointless just like road blocks, the director seemed to have been more interested in the visuals than the narration and content. The road trip could have made for a great travel film but visuals have no splendor to them. I do not recommend watching this film, this road movie is a dead end. One star. 12/1/10