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The Terrorist

The Terrorist (1999)

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Critic Reviews: 2
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When writing on a film from a country with a strong cinema culture, it is tempting to compare it with past masters or predict it will hearken a renaissance. However, The Terrorist is unique; respectful of India's cinematic icons, it then breaks both from sensationalism and sentimentalism. With the poeticism that marks Indian cinema, symbols which define the protagonists emotions - the sound of water, a tear, a touch, a flowering tree - acquire remarkable resonance as our hero is identified as a

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Art House & International, Drama

Dec 5, 2000

Phaedra Cinema

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (3) | DVD (4)

Ayesha Dharkar commands the center. She has expressive, liquid eyes to die for, as well as an out-of-whack sense of inner gravity. And water beads up on her spectacularly.

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

As visually poetic and slow-paced as Terrence Malick

May 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

It's not often a movie comes along that affects you like this.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The journey up to the assassination is the reward in this unusual, fascinating and brilliant picture by Santosh Sivan.

September 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

A riveting film with a stirring performance by Ayesha Dharkar.

March 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A serious and morally complex drama that raises provocative questions about how difficult it can be to sustain a sense of personal responsibility in a society destabilized by political upheaval.

January 1, 2000
Christian Science Monitor

A feast for the eyes, and a jagged, dreamy puzzle for the mind.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for The Terrorist

This is a movie that famously took on a new relevance after the September 11th attacks. The film is about a woman who?s a member of a Siri Lankan terrorist group almost certainly based on the Tamil Tigers. Early on, the woman is assigned to assassinate someone by suicide bombing; the rest of the film follows her as she begins to have doubts about her task. The film was shot on a very small budget and this shows some times, there?s a scene where someone punches through a window but they don?t actually show it, presumably because they couldn?t afford break away glass. In spite of this, the film has beautiful cinematography (the director was originally a DP), and that goes a long way in making this very watchable on a shoe-string. A very interesting film on important subject matter.
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