An uneven plot and confusing character development make this film a far cry from the earth-fire-water trilogy by Toronto director Mehta. The film centers on domestic abuse but in the course of telling the story has brought about unnecessary twists and turns that do not contribute to the story line at all. A disappointment for me. Subtitles.
This is an excellent movie but very sad for what Chand and other women have to go through.
This is a 2008 Canadian film directed and written by Deepa Mehta.
Preity Zinta plays the leading role of Chand, a young Indian Punjabi woman who finds herself in an abusive arranged marriage with an Indo-Canadian man called Rocky.
Although she approaches her new life and country with equanimity and grace, Chand is trapped in frustration and despair in a traditional Indian family.
Rocky is tied up with his controlling mother.
His father is warm-hearted but ineffectual, and her sister has two children and an unemployed husband.
All live with Rocky and Chand in a two-bedroom house in the suburbs of Toronto.
To make matters worse, Rocky is expected to find the money to bring his extended family to Canada.
Unable to express his anger, Rocky beats Chand, who bears the brunt of his repressed rage.
Chand befriends Rosa---a tough and savvy Jamaican co-worker in a factory where immigrant women from all over the world work to clean and press dirty hotel laundry.
To solve the domestic violence, Rosa gives Chand the magic root, which is supposed to seduce the one who takes it, making them fall hopelessly in love with the person who gives it to them.
Chand’s attempts with the magic root, however, lead to surreal incidents and her life gradually begins to mirror an Indian fable involving a King Cobra.
As the lines between fantasy and reality converge, Chand and Rocky come face to face with each other.
Eventually, Chand comprehends all the surreal episodes in her life and decides to go back to India.
In order to understand the surreal events, you've got to view the related scenes carefully. Otherwise, you would miss the whole point.
Intense but good!
A very moving and symbolic film. I also liked the director, Deepa Mehta's personal message at the beginning of the film.
I liked this movie. I thought it was a good look into another cultures every day domestic life - even though it was unfortunate it was realistic. Great acting.
Arranged marriage turns out to be abusive. The abused wife would like none other than to return to India, but husband controls all the money, even her wages. Brutaly honest movie.
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