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Trishna

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MODERN INDIA Filled with too many incomplete twists and turns, the film fails to tell a single coherent story
Marcel Zyskind/IFC

Trishna

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
108 minutes
Limited Release Date:
07/13/12
performer:
Anurag Kashyap, Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Kalki Koechlin
director:
Michael Winterbottom
author:
Thomas Hardy
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C

Director Michael Winterbottom is insanely eclectic. After the sublime yuks of The Trip (2011) and the pitch-black kicks of The Killer Inside Me (2010), he has now set a gloss on Tess of the d’Urbervilles in modern India in Trishna. As Trishna, a poor beauty who gets hired — and seduced — by a wealthy hotelier’s son (Riz Ahmed), Freida Pinto is so placid she’s a bit of a bore. The shots of urban traffic jams have more spark than the story, which skips from a pregnancy to the filming of a musical to murder — without convincing us of any of it. (Also available on VOD.) C