Water

Water

Water

Set in 1938 colonial India against Mahatma Gandhi's rise to power, focuses on a group of women condemned by Hindu law to spend the rest of their lives in an institution, or ashram, on the banks of the Ganges because they are widows. While the devout Shakuntula (Biswas) spends her days assisting a local holy man, the limpid-eyed Kalyani (Ray) is forced into prostitution by the ashram's domineering housemother. More

The arrival of Chuyia, a bewildered 8-year-old whose pre-destined husband has recently died, creates turmoil in the ashram. The child's impudence and high spirits encourage Shakuntula to question her fidelity to a religion that turns widows into penniless outcasts. Kalyani too is inspired to rebellion and begins a love affair with Narayan (Abraham), a handsome law student on fire with Gandhian idealism. But when Narayan's wealthy parents are informed of the relationship, the couple's defiance of religious taboos is an invitation to tragedy.

This is the third film in Mehta's 'Elemental Trilogy' - Fire and Earth have preceded it.

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2005114 minsIndiaHindi with English subtitles
Drama

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Variety

Variety

Deftly balancing epic sociopolitical scope with intimate human emotions, all polished to a high technical gloss, Deepa Mehta's Water is a profoundly moving drama...

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USA Today

USA Today

A haunting and disturbing film, set in 1938, about "widow houses." Though occasionally overwrought, it emerges as life-affirming...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

An exquisite film... Shifting between romantic melodrama and spiritual inquiry, "Water" flows with the simplicity of a fairy tale. The lovers' struggle may be the heart of the film, but Shakuntula's awakening is its soul. In the triumphant and moving final scene, her selfless act of bravery offers hope to Chuyia and India alike...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

An engrossing and wonderful watch with some fine performances but in the end it feels like a film that lost its nerve...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Exquisite storytelling, acting and visuals...

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