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Land of Cards (2012)

Tasher Desh (original title)
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The story of a prince who escapes his destiny, the prison of his mind. He lands on a fascist island and incites women to revolt. A psychedelic fantasy about destiny and humanity, social control and Utopian revolution.

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Qaushiq Mukherjee (as Kaushik Mukherjee), Qaushiq Mukherjee (as Q)
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Credited cast:
Anubrata Basu ... Son of the Merchant
Joyraj Bhattacharya ... Storyteller / Tash King (as Joyraj Bhattacharjee)
Soumyak Kanti DeBiswas ... Prince
Sayani Gupta ... Young queen
Dipankar Lahiri Dipankar Lahiri ... Island Dweller
Rii Sen ... Horotoni / Widow (as Rituparna Sen)
Imaaduddin Shah ... Ruiton (as Immaduddin Shah)
Tillotama Shome ... Queen
Maya Tideman Maya Tideman ... Tekani
Tinu Verghese Tinu Verghese ... Oracle
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The story of a prince who escapes his destiny, the prison of his mind. He lands on a fascist island and incites women to revolt. A psychedelic fantasy about destiny and humanity, social control and Utopian revolution.

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Fantasy

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Discordant fantasy drama
23 August 2013 | by mahadyuti-adhikarySee all my reviews

Tasher Desh is a psychotomimetic vision of Qaushiq Mukherjee's unapologetic experiment that goes beyond the professed acid trip. A madcap versifier, with almost fanatical obsession for the outré, becomes a master conjurer conjuring up compelling and bizarre images in a non-linear, dual narrative that slowly seduces the audience into a hypnotic psychedelic ride. The inertia of the chimeric first half explodes into a volatile kinetic force as we are introduced to the restless motley of Card soldiers in the fascist dystopo-neverland. The very Q-esque split-screen shots, hyperstylised edginess of hand-held camera movements trigger the hallucinatory surreal eeriness of a grungy meta-reality. But everything goes downhill from then on. Mr. Infant Terrible suddenly turns into a glorified music video director haplessly resorting to deliberate abstractness as an escape route for his fizzling out self-indulgences. The sensory and visual striptease becomes clumsier in the amorous exchanges which reduces the prophesied sexual liberation into a libidinous exercise with an unsuspecting abrupt climax. Zany, techno-funk pagan Rabindrasangeet and Manu Dacosse's flamboyantly sumptuous cinematography are the two biggest gains from this discordant and floundering amorphous fantasy drama. And, a special mention for the subtitling which is impeccably apt and incredibly germane.


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India | Belgium

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

23 August 2013 (India) See more »

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The Land of Cards See more »

Filming Locations:

Sri Lanka

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