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A Suitable Girl

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Docu offers an inside look at arranged marriage in India.

Movie NR 2017 90 minutes
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This documentary wisely tells its absorbing story without narration. The directors allow the audience to draw its own conclusions from A Suitable Girl about the fairness or unfairness of this male-dominated marriage model. Ritu's fiancé says right in front of Ritu that he sees no need for marriage and would be happy to remain single but that he must succumb to pressure from his family to adhere to tradition. As he coldly explains his views, Ritu sits next to him blankly. We are left to imagine her hurt since she doesn't want to marry him, either.

As families use laptops and cell phones to find pictures and stats of possible husbands, the irony of using advanced technology to foster an ancient culture is clear. It seems to be part of human nature to embrace modernity at the same time as clinging to familiar traditions.

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