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Parents' Guide to

Bombay Rose

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Slow but gorgeous animated romance has mature themes.

Movie PG-13 2021 93 minutes
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This is a movie that's best for fans of unconventional love stories. The romance between Kamala and Salim grows slowly, as does the story between them. Bombay Rose is meditatively paced and there's not much to it, but it's visually delivered with color, culture, and beauty. Emphasizing the slow pace, the animation looks like it runs in 15 frames per second, which isn't necessarily a bad thing because the whole film is consistently like this, which only adds to the wistful feeling of the animation. This style serves the story thematically because most of the romance between Kamala and Salim is likewise dreamy and imaginary. They both clearly hope for a future, but they spend most of the time at quite a distance from each other. Enjoyment may vary, however, as the story of Kamala and Salim doesn't quite satisfy in the end, and Ms. D'Souza's story doesn't really have anything to do with Kamala and Salim beyond Ms. D'Souza being another story of lost love.

The main issue for some might have to do with how Kamala isn't really represented as a strong or independent woman. Further, a little while after she and Salim begin their courting, Salim stumbles into finding out that Kamala dances for money. He turns away disgusted. While they overcome this minor setback, this kind of moment in the romance genre is quite frankly sexist and has long been tired. Still, many viewers will be able to look past this criticism to enjoy the gorgeous art style on display.

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