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Little Box of Sweets

Little Box of Sweets (2007)

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50

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

A competent debut from writer/director/actress Maneka Das. Shame its a little too sugar coated, coming across like a daytime TV soap.

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Critic Reviews: 1
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A competent debut from writer/director/actress Maneka Das. Shame its a little too sugar coated, coming across like a daytime TV soap.

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In lieu of a by-the-numbers Bollywood film, this Indian-produced effort from director Meneka Das represents a throwback to the arthouse-style films of Satyajit Ray and Bimal Roy. The tale unfurls in the 1970s, where Seth (Joe Anderson), the racially-mixed son of a Caucasian mother and Indian commissioner father, returns to India from school in Britain and experiences a joyous reunion with Asha (Meneka Das) a friend from childhood. Asha, as it turns out, was orphaned as a young girl, and happens

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Drama, Romance

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (3)

It's a dull, if competently made, film, which is done no favours by its earnest tone, a soppy orchestral score and a slew of artificial performances by actors clinging far too tightly to their lines. It would be far better suited to daytime TV.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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If it lacks the power of real drama, or a radical sense of style, it doesn't stint on the difficulties a peasant girl probably still faces when getting on in life.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

An enjoyable debut for two disgustingly talented sisters, on the basis of this Meneka and Sheenu Das deserve a long future as that rarest of beasts - a female filmmaking duo.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Meneka Das, a British-based Indian actor, has written and directed a love story that is polite, proper and just a little flat-footed, although beautifully shot in Uttar Pradesh.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Sugar-coated and naive, Little Box of Sweets is an Indian coming-of-age story that feels firmly mired in the colonial melodrama of the Merchant Ivory era.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A promising first feature from Das, the low-key Little Box Of Sweets returns to the filmmaker's rural Indian past to offer an atmospheric evocation of a particular time and place.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
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