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By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Drama from India with sexual situations, mature themes.

Movie NR 2019 116 minutes
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Ardent performances from the leading characters, along with a vivid portrait of modern India as it mirrors America and its sexual politics, make this story of one woman's odyssey very compelling. Usha Jadhav and Girish Kulkarni play all the right notes as a husband and wife in the midst of life-changing events. The plights of Sunanda's legal clients, however, are conventional and one-dimensional. In all but one case, the husbands are scoundrels; the put-upon wives triumph. In the exceptional case, the tables are turned. It's in bringing that case to its conclusion in tandem with Sunanda's and Madhav's story that Firebrand leaps toward a resolution that, though artfully executed, comes out of nowhere, and truly strains the audience's sympathy for a character so textured and winning until that moment. It was a risky choice.

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