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74

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88
Chicago Sun-Times
So rich in atmosphere it makes Western films look pale and underpopulated.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
A deftly layered drama.
75
Boston Globe
While no individual plot strand is vividly compelling, their interplay makes for a hearty and humanistic mix, carried by the performances.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Gunnarsson crams his movie with subplots from the novel and then abandons them for lack of room but Seth calibrates the stages of Gustad's journey with infallible judgement and conviction.
75
New York Daily News
Seth, who played Nehru in the Oscar-winning "Gandhi," gives a subtly layered performance as a complex, tormented and very decent man in crisis.
75
Chicago Tribune
A cinematic treat, thanks to the well-defined supporting characters, the flawless attention to detail and a performance by the great Roshan Seth - one of the most underrated actors of his generation - which is just about perfect.
75
Christian Science Monitor
The dialogue and acting are stagy at times, especially in the early scenes, but the characters are compelling and the Indian atmosphere is vividly sketched.
75
New York Post
An unusually well-written and satisfying multilayered drama that conveys the feel of urban India with more vivid accuracy than anything made in the subcontinent in recent years.
75
Baltimore Sun
A film that immerses its audience in the Indian culture while telling a universally appealing story of grace under pressure.
60
Director Sturla Gunnarsson crams each sequence with subtle, telling detail while avoiding "exotic India" clichés.

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