Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women

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Young Indian filmmaker Manish Jha writes and directs the French-Indian co-production Matrubhoomi (A Nation Without Women). In rural India of the near future, a small village has been reduced to a violent state of barbarianism. Because of the immoral tradition of female infanticide, the town is populated exclusively by brutish men. Nevertheless, wealthy Ramcharan (Sudhir Pandey) still tries to arrange a marriage for his eldest son Rakesh (Pankaj Jha). He manages to purchase the only woman around, Kalki (Tulip Joshi), who ends up serving all five of his sons. The violence only escalates from there. A Nation Without Women was shown at the 2003 Venice Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi


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  • It takes tremendous nerve to produce a movie on female infanticide, especially in as astute and brutal an incarnation such as this.

    Oct 30, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women


Largely debunked by the public's generosity,one of 2003's greatest films is a living depiction of modern (!) communities in the depths of Indian hilltops.The attachment of viewers towards Kalki,the sheep for slaughter,will be predictable,it is a fact however that Jha creates a "medieval" atmosphere,where fleeting moments fear to tread the heating,most violent human conditions.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

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Here's an interesting movie about a young woman who is given in marriage to five brothers for an exchange of money. The girl endures all brothers even the father, but it is her tight-knit bond with the youngest son that has the other four brothers angry. Tulip Joshi stars. Definitely worthy.

Leo L
Leo L

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