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Hank And Asha (2014)

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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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Cast

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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Critic Reviews for Hank And Asha

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7)

The conceit is old-fashioned: hey, people falling in love long-distance! But the modern renovation confers a mild obnoxiousness.

April 17, 2014 | Full Review…
Grantland
Top Critic

Like the film itself, Kakkar and Pastides are lively, adorable and thoroughly winning.

April 17, 2014 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

As easy as it is to like Hank and Asha, it's impossible to look past the many screenwriting and filmmaking flaws of the film about them.

April 11, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
RogerEbert.com
Top Critic

Though not very ambitious, this winsome, whisper-thin tale shimmers along with the charming urge to connect and reveal yourself that links its two correspondents.

April 10, 2014 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

This two-hander doesn't feature much more than its leads speechifying to their cameras, a challenging basis for visual storytelling.

April 8, 2014 | Full Review…
Village Voice
Top Critic

As if it were necessary, here's a film that proves that placing two characters in completely separate locations marks a shaky premise.

April 7, 2014 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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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
Alice Shen

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