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Superb acting, writing, and directing, and I'm boggled that it didn't
get major theatrical play and multiple award nominations. The material
is difficult, handled with grace and maturity. Is that what doomed it
to limited release? It very nearly went direct to cable and DVD, and
that's a shame.
It's hard to write a review without spoilers, so I'll just say that this is a movie which takes eternal love seriously and unbearable loss realistically.
Aside from that, the cinematography is beautiful, and the eroticism is gently but powerfully portrayed. There's a lot of eye candy in this movie: rich colors, Indian-American culture, dance, landscape... all are treated with the same tender respect and celebration as the central relationship which defines the movie's dramatic arc.
There was no bad acting in this film, but Kal Penn (best known as Kumar as in "Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle") and lead actor Erick Avari were both painfully good. Kal Penn has shown he can do a lot more than comedy; look for him in dramatic leading-man roles, including some where his ethnicity will be a footnote and not an innate part of the narrative.
This movie deserves more than one comment.
This movie deserves more than one good comment.
The makers succeeded in making a serious movie about a topic that a lot of people deal with in their lives but, that Hollywood, currently, seems to be incapable of telling with any subtlety.
What happens when you have "it all" and then it's gone? What do you do when nothing or no one comes close to giving you what you had? What happens when the only dreams you have just leave you at the end of an empty road?
Don't think that this is a movie of unbroken darkness or gloom. The man has decent people all around him that reach out in friendship and love. His world is not gloomy, just the opposite... and it is not without possible roads to a new life, maybe even happiness, reborn.
This gives it the current of hope----even though he is profoundly alone, in his own mind, there are people all around him reaching out to help. This lifts the tone up and makes it hold one's interest.
I was rooting for the guy. Perhaps you'll agree with me that this is important...
Part of me was hoping for a "Hollywood Ending". This is a more serious movie than that. It poses deeper questions.
It asks us to look at life's illusions and then look beyond them.
If you do this, you get your "happy" ending, no matter how it ends.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I wanted to like this movie, I like Erick Avari and I like Kal Penn's
more serious works, and they both did a really good job in this film.
The music and cinematography were beautiful; the story for the most
part was well written and began believable. My biggest complaints
though were enough to disturb me to the point of not really liking this
1. I found it very disgusting that the father was constantly imaging his son's girlfriend in place of his wife in his dreams to the point where he was tenderly kissing her. I found this greatly detracted from the quality of the film, and made me care very little for the character.
2. What type of a woman (whom is in a relationship and living with her boyfriend) falls in love with her deceased best friend's husband and sleeps with him on said best friends birthday? Also, not much can be said for the husband, whom supposedly loves his wife so much, and yet he disgraces her memory with another woman whom he isn't even in a relationship with.
3. I found the whole continued reminder that the son was sleeping around with his girlfriend needless and unnecessary. They could have easily omitted this, and in doing such made the son more likable and respectable.
***End of Spoilers***
I found myself disliking and distrusting the characters, and questioning their true motivations and intentions. I am not generally cynical, but when a film goes the extra length to show you how much certain characters care for one another and then their actions strongly contradict their original behavior it makes me dismiss most of the film on a whole. I ended up feeling that the storyline was a bit contrived and insensitive.
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