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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Trishna is about dealing with the problem of poverty, but it doesn't suggest any positive or helpful methods; everything the characters do is tragic, selfish, and depressing.
Positive Role Models
Trishna is a victim and a doormat, entering into a relationship for its economic benefits but suffering from its physical demands. By the end, she takes only two actions, both of them severely negative.
Violence & Scariness
Two characters are stabbed, with some spurting blood. One character commits suicide. There are sex scenes that border on rape (the woman is upset and/or in pain). There's also a car crash with a little blood. Also various scenes of tension and/or arguing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity, but lots of kissing and several obvious sex acts between the two lead characters. At first, the sex is consensual, but eventually it becomes more one-sided as the woman unwillingly gives in to the man's urges. A man reads the "Kama Sutra"; viewers see a couple of pictures. A woman talks about having an abortion.
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Language is infrequent, but in one scene, a character uses "f--k" three times, as well as "hell," "son of a bitch," and "bastard." In an opening scene, characters listen to a song that includes "bitch," repeated several times in the lyrics.
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Products & Purchases
A Corona beer is shown, and a Levi's billboard can be seen in a cityscape shot.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are seen drinking socially (cocktails or beer) and smoking cigarettes. In one scene, some men pass around a cigarette that's probably pot, but nothing is mentioned, and there are no druggy effects.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Trishna is a re-working of Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles, set in modern-day India. It's about a poor woman who becomes a tragic victim after being trapped in a relationship with a wealthy man. There's some isolated bloody violence, as well a car crash and uncomfortable sex scenes that border on rape. There's no nudity, but plenty of obvious sex acts between the two lead characters. Language is very infrequent, but one minor character uses several swear words in the space of one scene, including "f--k," and a song is heard that repeats the word "bitch." Characters drink and smoke cigarettes socially (and, it's suggested, smoke pot as well). The film is dry and depressing, and though some Thomas Hardy fans may admire it, many teens won't be interested. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director Michael Winterbottom is clearly smitten with India in TRISHNA, offering long, loving shots of cityscapes and decorative postcard shots of countrysides. Often, he also spends long moments following his characters moving from one place to another, even if nothing else is happening. For local color, there are even a few scenes of dancers performing Bollywood-style moves. Unfortunately, after all this, he forgets to spend much time actually telling his story or getting to know his characters.
The result is a dry, inert, frustrating, and boring experience, more detours than drama. When Jay finally expresses his love and longing for his leading lady, the scene fizzles. Her response is dead-eyed, and therefore, there's no romantic or emotional arc to their relationship. It's totally dreary, and as it slides downhill, the story seems more inevitable than tragic. Fans of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles may find something worthwhile here, but most others shouldn't bother.
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