Little Box of Sweets (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

Little Box of Sweets (2007)

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

Movie Info

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 to attend an all-girls' school where one of her teachers is Sheila (Helena Michell), Seth's mother. Over a short period of time, Seth and Asha's relationship blossoms from a renewed friendship into full romance, which draws the ire of both of Seth's parents and prompts them to interfere - thus setting the stage for tragedy. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama , Romance
Directed By:
In Theaters:
 wide
Runtime:
Studio:
OceanSonic Pictures

Cast

Meneka Das
as Asha
Sheenu Das
as Lalli
Raj Zutshi
as Nana
Naved Akhter
as Michael
Priyanka
as Priyanka
Yohan John
as young Seth
Ashwarlya
as young Asha
Adelene Dutta
as Lalli's aunt
Uttam Das
as Uttam Chacha
Arthur Singh
as priest
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Critic Reviews for Little Box of Sweets

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

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
London Evening Standard

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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2008
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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2008
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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2008
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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2008

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