Pause for kids 16 & under
Dreary novel-based tragedy set in India has sex, violence.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Trishna is a re-working of Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles, set in modern-day India. It's about a poor woman who becomes a tragic victim after being trapped in a relationship with a wealthy man. There's some isolated bloody violence, as well a car crash and uncomfortable sex scenes that border on rape. There's no nudity, but plenty of obvious sex acts between the two lead characters. Language is very infrequent, but one minor character uses several swear words in the space of one scene, including "f--k," and a song is heard that repeats the word "bitch." Characters drink and smoke cigarettes socially (and, it's suggested, smoke pot as well). The film is dry and depressing, and though some Thomas Hardy fans may admire it, many teens won't be interested.
- Families can talk about Trishna's sexual relationship. Does it seem consensual? At what point does it turn from romantic to oppressive? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
- Why did Trishna resort to violence? Did she have any other options to change her situation?
- How does this movie differ from the Thomas Hardy novel it's based on? Are the changes interesting? How?