Cotton Mary (2000)

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Ismail Merchant, best known as a producer for his work with director James Ivory (including Howards End and A Room With a View), takes possession of the director's chair in this drama. In 1954, seven years after India has gained independence from Great Britain, many Indians still feel like second-class citizens in their own country, as the nation's sovereignty has not immediately erased the perception that the British are superior to the Indian-born natives. Such a woman is Cotton Mary (Madhur … More

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Alexandra Viets
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2001
Runtime:
Universal Studios Home Video

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Cast


as Cotton Mary

as Mrs. Evans

as Dr. Correa

as Mrs Smythe

as Blossom

as Abraham

as Theresa

as Nurse 2

as Mattie

as Guitar Player

as Inspector Ramiji Raj

as Tea Worker 1

as Tea Worker 2

as Mrs. Davids

as Charlie

as Bunny Rogers

as Fisherman

as Receptionist

as Sylvie D'Costa
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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (15)

Cotton Mary, Ismail Merchant's second film as a director, puts some interestingly layered material into play, but he can't quite bring it together.

February 14, 2001
Boston Globe
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Engrossing from the first frame and written with admirable skill and insight by Alexandra Viets, Cotton Mary is a milestone for Merchant Ivory and a pleasure for the company's admirers.

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Nothing is expressed directly; only the curtains move, blowing in the subcontinent wind.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
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A heavy-handed melodrama whose title character is a symbol with a capital S.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Cotton Mary is uncommonly well-acted and beautifully shot on location in southern India, but it's not exactly riveting.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
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Merchant's filmmaking is at times wooden and conventional, but Cotton Mary is brought to life by the weirdness of its subject matter and the risks Madhur Jaffrey takes in her brilliant performance.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
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