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I watched Immaculate Conception back in 1993 and always placed it
amongst one of the best - possibly because it depicted some true facts
about shrines and life in general in Pakistan, something I had no
inkling about. Nevertheless, life behind religious shrines as brought
about in the movie gives the viewer an aspect of life that has not
gained public knowledge.
Sixteen years later, I watched the movie again - difficult as it was to find it in the first place! But once again, my views on this movie remain the same. Award winning performances by Zia Mohuidin and his entourage.
A must watch!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!
Hannah, the daughter of a US senator follows her British lover James to Pakistan and discovers a group of enuchs whose esoterical practises may help her become pregnant. As she becomes more and more immersed in their eastern philosophies, James cheats on her with a rich Pakistani woman, and her brother comes over from America to stop the scandal she is creating.
Besides being a look into the politics and culture of Pakistan anno 1990, IC is also a film that explores, or attempts to, the meaning of faith. This fails, however, as the 'poor little rich girl in a foreign land' played by Melissa Leo is unsympathetic and does not establish the link with the audience that is needed to make such a film work. It is thus left for a flamboyantly gay antiquarian (the late James Cossins) and Kamal (Ronny Jhutti), the only true male in the enuch shrine, as well as the only truly sympathetic character, to add some much-needed spice. That is not to say this indie film is not worth watching. In particular, the intricacies of the enuch shrine make it interesting enough to sit through. One moment to watch: Hannah and Kamal visit a cinema, in which they see a Pakistani version of The Godfather!
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