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For Real

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Deeply felt but heavy family melodrama has mature themes.

Movie NR 2013 86 minutes
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This movie is unflinching and realistic. NYU-educated director Sona Jain has made a rare English-language Indian film, struggling for years to raise the funds and get the film produced. She landed an excellent cast, including two talented child actors as well as the lovely Sarita Choudhary, known in the U.S. for her roles in Mississippi Masala (1991) and Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996). It's hard not to admire her effort.

However, she has taken on some very difficult, delicate material, and her hand is often a bit too heavy to make it effective. Too much information about the husband and wife is withheld for too long -- and introduced gradually through mysterious and disturbing flashbacks -- so they earn very little sympathy. And approaching the story through the eyes of a child probably requires something a bit less disturbing.

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