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Trishna by Michael Winterbottom

Film

Based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Ubervilles, master filmmaker Michael Winterbottom’s newest film stars Frieda Pinto who soars as Trishna in her most revealing performance yet. Trishna lives with her family in a village in Rajasthan, India ‘s largest state. As the eldest daughter, she works in a nearby resort to help pay the bills. Jay (Riz Ahmed, Four Lions) is the wealthy son of a property developer. When he takes up managing a resort at his father’s request, he meets Trishna at a dance and their fates cross. Jay finds every opportunity to win Trishna’s affection and she accepts his efforts with shy curiosity. But when the two move to Mumbai and become a couple, Jay’s deep family bond threaten the young lovers’ bliss. Shot with Winterbottom’s agile camera, Trishna is a powerful look at the tension between ancient privilege and modern equality, between codes of urban and rural life and ultimately a hymn to both the glory and the tragedy that comes with beauty in all forms. OFFICIAL SELECTION: Toronto, Tribeca, London, TokyoFilm Festivals “★★★★ HIGHEST RATING  DARING AND AUDACIOUS!”-The Times “Almost any great story possesses two qualities that define it as a classic; those are timelessness and universality. Michael Winterbottom renews the relevance of classic Victorian novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles by transplanting its heroine into modern day India and renaming her Trishna, who is played with remarkable grace by Freida Pinto.”-Sound and Sight.

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