October 20, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

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

type
Movie
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
101 minutes
director
Deepa Mehta
Cast
Nandita Das,
Maia Sethna
Studio
New Yorker Films
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