Hank And Asha

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An Indian woman studying in Prague and a lonely New Yorker begin an unconventional correspondence through video letters - two strangers searching for human connection in a hyper-connected world. When their relationship deepens, they must decide whether or not to meet face to face. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival, "Hank and Asha" is a film about identity, longing, and the irresistible appeal of entertaining life's what-ifs.(C) FilmRise

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Brian Sloan
as Bartender
Robin Kerr
as Waitress
Jean-Baptiste Moreau
as Baptiste Moreau-French Waiter
Ken Butler
as Himself
Brian Patrick Murphy
as Security Guard
Samuel Beckwith
as Prague Bar Patron
Margot Buff
as Prague Bar Patron
Jiri Dular
as Prague Bar Patron
Vaiva Katinaityte
as Prague Bar Patron
Valerio Mendoza
as Prague Bar Patron
Felicia Cavallaro
as Lower East Side Bar Patron
Elizabeth A. Coit
as Lower East Side Bar Patron
William Garland
as Lower East Side Bar Patron
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Audience Reviews for Hank And Asha

Hank and Asha's video penpal friendship starts off enchanting as hell, but the sweet yet staid gimmick eventually commits storytelling suicide. The entire movie is told in back and forth video diaries, and at no point does the narrative structure break into real time or real exigence. By the middle-end, the previously low-stakes conflict blows up into go-to cultural misunderstanding and an unsatisfying, open-ended ending. Mahira Kakkar is doe-eyed and beguiling as Asha, an Indian film student studying in Prague, and frankly, her letters are livelier and more interesting than Hank's. Andrew Pastides is fine as Hank, but both actor and character rub me the wrong way. Perhaps it's the glassy blue eyes and the self-deprecating mien that projects a Nice Guy sensitivity but actually belies the garden-variety narcissist underneath who prides himself on being such a Nice Guy. I just had to groan and laugh at that vociferous letter in which he bellows at Asha to reject her arranged marriage because he understands her more than her fiancée does (presumably). Really? What does he truly understand about her or her culture?

Alice Shen
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