Tragic but engaging
- Water review by CP Customer
A very well made, well acted film, beautifully filmed. The little girl is remarkable. A lesson in getting your ideas across without laying them on with a trowel.
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Warm, humane film
- Water review by TE
Another beautifully composed, elemental film by Deepa Mehta.
'Water' is set in 1938 and depicts a key stage in India's move forwards from cruel superstitions towards a more humane society. The references to Gandhi, and a climactic scene with Gandhi at the railway station, all point towards a future when the position of women might be improved.
At the same time, Mehta makes clear that in the 21st century there is still a long way to go.
The central theme is embodied in an 8 year old girl who has been subjected to an arranged marriage. The adult husband dies from a sudden disease, so the child is placed in a communal home for widows (a woman is supposed to be so much a possession of her husband that she "half dies" on becoming a widow).
Mehta does a great job of making the women in the home very real and earthy.
As in her other films, the visual compositions are very beautiful.
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