October 20, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Earth

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
101 minutes
performer
Nandita Das, Maia Sethna
director
Deepa Mehta
distributor
New Yorker Films
genre
Foreign Language, Sci-fi and Fantasy, Drama
We gave it an A

It’s 1947, the British are leaving India, and the newly liberated country is on the verge of being torn apart by bloody religious conflict. At the center of it is a disabled little girl (Sethna) from a privileged Parsee family, whose beloved Hindu nanny (Das) begins a heartrendingly doomed love affair with a young Muslim. Earth, the latest offering from Deepa Mehta (Fire) is so visually lush and liltingly paced that its sudden violence and ultimate tragedy seem all the more deeply wounding. A

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