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The Assam Garden (1985)

An Englishwoman and her Indian neighbor bond while fixing up her Imperial-style garden. Meanwhile, present day concerns and painful memories intrude.

Director:

Mary McMurray

Writer:

Elisabeth Bond (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Kerr ... Helen
Ronald Russell Ronald Russell ... Mr. Grace
Daisy Bell Daisy Bell ... Elsie Edison
Peggy Ann Wood Peggy Ann Wood ... Mrs. Grace
Iain Cuthbertson ... Arthur
Simon Hedger Simon Hedger ... Boy
Paul Bown Paul Bown ... Water Board Man
Madhur Jaffrey ... Ruxmani
Paula Jacobs Paula Jacobs ... Carol
Maiser Asghar Maiser Asghar ... Meena
Waseem Aziz Waseem Aziz ... Vijay
Zia Mohyeddin ... Mr. Lal
Dev Sagoo Dev Sagoo ... Raju
Tara Shaw Tara Shaw ... Sushi
Alec McCowen ... Mr. Philpott
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An Englishwoman and her Indian neighbor bond while fixing up her Imperial-style garden. Meanwhile, present day concerns and painful memories intrude.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il giardino indiano See more »

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Mono

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Color
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This was Deborah Kerr's final film before her death on October 16, 2007 at the age of 86. See more »

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Neglected gem

This unpretentious little gem came out around the same time as David Lean's PASSAGE TO India, and has been unfairly overshadowed by the blockbuster. I was charmed by the quiet, sensitive, yet emotionally charged portrayal of how an insecure, aggressive widow of a tea garden manager reluctantly develops an affectionate relationship with an Indian housewife and her family. What I found particularly good was that the Indian housewife, played excellently by Madhur Jaffrey, is no impossible goody-goody, but as much a human being with likes, dislikes and prejudices as the widow played by Deborah Kerr. There is also the sad irony of the grandchildren of the Indian family inevitably leaving their 'Indianness' behind in favour of a British lifestyle. Strongly recommended for those in the mood for subtlety and understatement. And it should be watched with Lean's PASSAGE TO India for fruitful comparisons. To my mind, and I'm probably in a minority of one, THE ASSAM GARDEN is the better of the two films. I once possessed a video recording of it, which is now the property of the Film Studies Department of Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.


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