(I) (2005)

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Metascore

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100
Village Voice
This work of gorgeous fury, about the virtual imprisonment of millions of Hindu widows in the years before independence, transforms Mehta's feminist rage into an eloquent testament to the hunger for freedom.
90
Exquisite storytelling, acting and visuals.
90
Variety
Deftly balancing epic sociopolitical scope with intimate human emotions, all polished to a high technical gloss, Deepa Mehta's Water is a profoundly moving drama.
90
An exquisite film about the institutionalized oppression of an entire class of women and the way patriarchal imperatives inform religious belief.
80
L.A. Weekly
Hitches some of the most irresistible conventions of Hindi movie melodrama to an earnest agenda of social protest.
80
As beautiful as it is harrowing.
75
ReelViews
The stunning Lisa Ray, a Bollywood exile, makes one of the most beautiful widows ever to grace the screen. Vidula Javalgekar gives a memorable turn as the infirm "Auntie." But the real find is Sarala, a Sri Lankan girl who memorized dialogue in a language she does not understand and delivers it with conviction.
75
Mehta has created the perfect guide to this strange female world.
63
New York Post
Gandhi did save India from the British, but he didn't save India from the Indians, and the horrific subjugation of widows continues there even today. It was only 10 years ago that Mehta encountered the Hindu widow who inspired her film.
58
The A.V. Club
Water is gorgeously composed and beautifully shot, with a dogged emphasis on water imagery and symbolism, and a luscious sense for color. It's often profoundly beautiful. But its distanced, calculated attempts to draw sympathy, from its wide-eyed child protagonist to its sad-eyed, personality-free lovers to its fairy-tale ending, all blunt the meaning behind that beauty.

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