Fakir of Venice (2015)

 |  Drama  |  16 October 2015 (India)
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The Fakir is a black comedy/drama in English and Hindi based on a true story. An Indian con man is hired to find a fakir who can bury himself in sand for an installation art project in ... See full summary »



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The Fakir is a black comedy/drama in English and Hindi based on a true story. An Indian con man is hired to find a fakir who can bury himself in sand for an installation art project in Venice. He passes off a poor slum dweller from Bombay as the real thing, conning the European art world successfully. It is the story of a strange relationship. A relationship between two characters who are brought together to carry out a deception. To pull it off, however, they must learn to shed the layers of deceit, and move towards understanding themselves, and each other. Written by Anonymous

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interesting in parts but misses the mark overall
22 April 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. Annu Kapoor was excellent and the film definitely has some nice moments, but overall the film lacked a cohesive direction and suffered from a poor sound mix and sloppy editing. I understand that the film's producers were not working with the largest of budgets, but one would think that a portion of the money which must have been spent to shoot on location in Venice would have been put towards hiring decent film and sound labs. I also thought that many of the supporting characters and subplots were poorly developed and in some instances, simply mistreated by the director. An example is the two "boy/girl" Italian art fans who play an important role in the film but are characterized in such an over-the-top manner that the audience cannot take them seriously.

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