Michael Sauter
December 15, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Terrorist

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
95 minutes
performer
Ayesha Dharkar, Parmeshwaran
genre
Foreign Language

We gave it an A-

In The Terrorist, teenage terrorist Malli, who fights in the dense jungles of India, achieves the ultimate honor when she volunteers for a mission she knows she won’t return from. Her chosen path is a virtual minefield of often startling violence, yet this somber film is just as memorable in its more contemplative moments, as Malli slowly starts to doubt the rightness of her self-sacrifice. Through it all, this stoic heroine barely says two words about her changing state of mind — but Dharkar’s huge, dark, intensely expressive eyes register every tremor. A-

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