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Gifted

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Gifted

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
release date:
06/30/16
Limited Release Date:
06/30/16
Wide Release Date:
06/30/16

We gave it a B

The premise of Gifted, Nikita Lalwani’s debut — an overachieving girl pushed by overbearing Indian immigrant parents through the gates of a most prestigious university — sounds distressingly like last year’s ruckus-stirring Opal Mehta, but the approach is entirely different. Here, the family is British, the university Oxford, and the poignant story told in painfully realistic tones. Lalwani’s pacing can be confusing — five years slip by as if a day — but she gets deep inside hyper-wound-up math prodigy Rumi Vasi. Sadly, when she finally escapes parental expectations, we follow Mom’s anguish instead of Rumi’s relief. It feels like a cheat — something her parents would never approve of. B

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