Such a Long Journey
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But that's not half the reason I recommend this movie whole-heartedly. Gunnarsson (an Icelander!) and Taraporewala seem to have done an immaculate job of adapting Mistry's touching eponymous novel to the screen.
This is a simple yet subtle story of a middle-aged Parsi bank employee in Bombay in the 70s and the various facets of his interactions with his immediate family, friends/neighbours, professional circle etc, sensitively exploring how these bear upon his life. Despite the period in question, I can assure you that this movie beautifully captures the typical middle-class Bombay life as it is now, in particular the nuances of a minority (Parsi) man.
Yet it manages to offer a heart-warming view of our modern condition in almost any urban setting, not just Bombay. And thankfully the characterizations do not pander to a global stereotype of the Indian middle class as normally seen in the movies of Monsoon Wedding genre for instance.
All I can say is that if you are genuinely interested in meaningful film, you won't regret watching this hidden marvel of movie making. Highly recommended.
it is about a quiet parsee bank teller and in the background his wife. Friends die, son leaves home, he's pulled into a dangerous plot, done with great technic and attention to detail and character development. thanks for a window into bombay.
i am sorry that movies like this never seem to get a showing in America, maybe it is that we really are too shallow for thoughtful and sensitive films like this. we desire action, not thought, we desire clear cut issues, not the gentle how do i live each day authentically and true to my convictions that you see in this movie.
i like the painted wall. the images and the devotion they showed them will long remain in my memory, fondly.
Gustad and his wife Dilnavaz are trying to lead good lives during the political and social turmoil of Indira Gandhi's rule in the 1970s. India is on the verge of war with the Muslims of Pakistan, and though Gustad is aware of political corruption, he is far more pre-occupied with having his son accepted at a school of technology, doing his job as a bank supervisor, and supporting his family. Constant blackouts and continually deteriorating conditions on the street add to the frustrations of Gustad's life. When an old friend, asks Gustad for help on behalf of the Indian government, Gustad reluctantly agrees to deposit money to a secret account at the bank. He soon finds himself enmeshed in a spiral from which he cannot break out.
Seth is a fine Gustad, showing with a raised eyebrow or a casual glance a range of emotions which makes Gustad come alive. Rasdan, as his wife, is both loving and frustrated, fearful of what Gustad may have committed himself to, and worried about her son, who does not want to got to a technical college, and their small daughter, who is extremely ill. Little Shazneed Damania, as the sick child, is extraordinary, and when she has tremors and convulsions as a result of her fever, she wrings the heart of the audience.Read more ›
When he receives a letter from an old friend who asks for his help, he quickly says yes, even though he has to agree to receive a mysterious package. There are politics involved which I didn't understand but it didn't matter who the bad guys were because the focus was more on the personal choices made by the people.
The best part of the film was its setting. It brought me right into the city of Bombay with its overcrowding, its filth, its sounds and its people. I could almost smell the air and feel the grit on my skin. Life is difficult there, but the city was just a backdrop for the story, which I found slow but mildly interesting. The acting was so good however, that it made up for the some of the plot's shortfalls. I enjoyed the film. And recommend it.
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great movie, follows the book quite closely. dvd is too expensive - buy a vhs tape!Published on January 25, 2010 by Pranil R. Patel
Such A Long Journey has to be one of the most underrated films I know; it got critical praise but it deserved far more awards than it received. Read morePublished on August 8, 2009 by Matthew G. Sherwin
I still don't understand why this didn't get distributed in America. I thought it was WONDERFUL, even on the TV screen, and I was completely swept away by the film's moving story. Read morePublished on February 6, 2002
A beautiful film... very Indian in philosophy. Try to penetrate Indian attitudes and family mores in a film which explores family issues in a realistic depiction of life in... Read morePublished on January 26, 2002 by Morgan Volmec