Shwaas (Breath) (2004)

Shwaas (Breath)




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A clash of cultures and personalities compound the pain of a tragic illness in this emotional drama from India. Vichare (Arun Nalavade) is an elderly man living in a rural village in the Konkan region of India. Vichare is deeply devoted to his grandson, Parashuram (Ashwin Chitale), and has essentially become the boy's guardian after an accident leaves the child's father unable to work and his mother too busy with her younger children. When Parashuram begins having severe vision problems, Vichare … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Aug 25, 2009

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as Grandfather Vichare

as Dr. Milind Sane

as Parashuram

as Asawari (Medical Soc...

as Parashuram's Mother
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While the film sometimes plays like an hour TV medical drama padded to reach feature length, Sawant achieves touching, naturalistic performances from a fine ensemble cast.

January 6, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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An old-fashioned soaper that will please or not, depending on a viewer's tolerance for schmaltz.

December 10, 2004
New York Post
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Mr. Sawant does his best to balance hopeful sentiment with the depressing prospect of a child's world going dark, and he tries to infuse this simple melodrama with a sense of tenderness and beauty.

Full Review… | December 9, 2004
New York Times
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Takes a potential hot-button premise -- the callous indifference of the Indian medical bureaucracy toward the lower classes -- and dramatizes it in the most shameless way possible.

Full Review… | December 8, 2004
Village Voice
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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 24, 2009
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