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Dave White Profile

Aching modernism finally hits India. Read full review


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Hit the books instead. Read full review

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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The shots of urban traffic jams have more spark than the story, which skips from a pregnancy to the filming of a musical to murder - without convincing us of any of it.

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  • 50

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Michael Winterbottom's films aren't always successful, but they're almost always interesting. And, in the case of this odd transplantation from Thomas Hardy's grim Wessex to the glare and blare of contemporary India, spectacular visually, though awfully somber dramatically.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Trishna is about dealing with the problem of poverty, but it doesn't suggest any positive or helpful methods; everything the characters do is tragic, selfish, and depressing.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Trishna is a victim and a doormat, entering into a relationship for its economic benefits but suffering from its physical demands. By the end, she takes only two actions, both of them severely negative.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Two characters are stabbed, with some spurting blood. One character commits suicide. There are sex scenes that border on rape (the woman is upset and/or in pain). There's also a car crash with a little blood. Also various scenes of tension and/or arguing.

  • sex false4

    Sex: No nudity, but lots of kissing and several obvious sex acts between the two lead characters. At first, the sex is consensual, but eventually it becomes more one-sided as the woman unwillingly gives in to the man's urges. A man reads the "Kama Sutra"; viewers see a couple of pictures. A woman talks about having an abortion.

  • language false3

    Language: Language is infrequent, but in one scene, a character uses "f--k" three times, as well as "hell," "son of a bitch," and "bastard." In an opening scene, characters listen to a song that includes "bitch," repeated several times in the lyrics.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: A Corona beer is shown, and a Levi's billboard can be seen in a cityscape shot.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters are seen drinking socially (cocktails or beer) and smoking cigarettes. In one scene, some men pass around a cigarette that's probably pot, but nothing is mentioned, and there are no druggy effects.