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Maya (2002)




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Digvijay Singh makes his directorial debut with this understated neorealist drama about child abuse and recalcitrant social traditions. The film centers on Maya, a happy, carefree 12-year-old girl who lives with her wealthy adopted family. She is close friends with her adoptive brother, Sanjay, who is her match in athletic prowess and penchant for pranks. The first half of the film is a sun-dabbled idyllic portrait of childhood, as the two run and prance about the rural Indian landscape. Things radically change though when Maya gets her first period. Considered a grown-up, she is separated from Sanjay and enlisted to do housework. Worse, she is sent home to her birth family -- a family she never knew -- and forced to endure a ritual deflowering at the hands of a local priest. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Digvijay Singh, Emmanuel Pappas
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On DVD: Jan 18, 2005
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Critic Reviews for Maya

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

The photography is gorgeous, though, and with Singh's precise, discreet direction, Maya has a devastating impact.

Full Review… | November 22, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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Maya disturbs, yet it doesn't enlighten.

Full Review… | April 16, 2002
Toronto Star
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Striving too hard to make his didactic point, the director arouses skepticism rather than empathy.

Full Review… | April 16, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | April 16, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Contains such a pile driver gut-punch that it makes Ray's work look like wistful little poems.

November 22, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Maya

I only finished watching this movie to see how it would end. The point of this movie is lost somewhere in the rambling story lines of children running wild, a drunk servant, and lizards on the loose. In the end I am baffled by what the message is supposed to be.

Heather Metzger

Sick bastards, using religion and a child's first period to rob her of her virginity. Pediphiles in form of priests.

Holly F.

This movies is about a ritual that is illegal on India but it's still done in some parts of the country...a ritual that no girl should go through..really sad.

Martha A

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