Artisokka 12: Trishna

1 h 57 min  |  -  |  Release Date: 30.3.2012

Trishna is Winterbottom's take on Tess of the d'Urbervilles, filmed previously by Roman Polanski in Tess, an epic, slow but hypnotic period movie. Winterbottom's version is shorter, set very much in the present, and diverts from Hardy's text in many ways, but is just as compelling.

Like Polanski's Tess, Winterbottom's heroine is rather passive, a woman who lets things happen to her, and for many, the gorgeous but woefully reactive Trishna will be frustratingly meek. Likewise, Ahmed's Jay, a nice guy who transforms somewhere along the way into a boorish bully, will be a test of an audience's sympathy.

But for those prepared to take the journey, the film is a seductive, allegorical study of male-female relationships that says more about what its characters are than who they are.

The technical qualities are superb. India is more than just a backdrop, the camera captures a studious, almost documentary-style vision of the country, one that never segues into kitsch, post-Slumdog cultural tourism.

Damon Wise / The Guardian

Michael Winterbottom: Trishna. UK 2012. Bankside Films.

Tuotanto/Production: Melissa Parmenter, Michael Winterbottom * Käsikirjoitus/Script: Michael Winterbottom, based on the novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy * Kuvaus/DOP: Marcel Zyskind * Leikkaus/Editor: Mags Arnold * Pääosissa/Cast: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed * Kopion lähde/DCP source: Bankside Films * Kieli/Language: English * Kesto/Duration: 117 min

    

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