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This tenderly shot film with an intriguing soundtrack claims a worthy spot in [Hansen-Løve's] catalog.
Hansen-Love's ability to evoke the unspoken remains in full play as she returns to themes of young love and emotional crisis, but much of the film is in English and both dialogue and delivery feel stilted.
Maya is an off-kilter experience that never allows you to get settled, but it sinks deep under your skin because of how adamantly it refuses to get stuck in place.
Very much a Hansen-Love affair: from its gentle and meandering narrative to its fine sense of detail to its tender chronicle of a character gradually overcoming trauma and seeing life anew.
Even after the great films Hansen-Løve has turned out, this is strikingly mature territory, inherently contradictory and confident enough to not going around making a big show of it.
Compounded by lush photography and carefully calibrated performances, Maya intimately renders the crushing and rehabilitative power of memory, taking hazy, elusive feelings and bringing them into the realm of the tangible.
Maya features no grand catharsis, no moment of profound emotional revelation, but this tentative love story is quite content to embed itself with a taciturn young man who returns home, unsure if home is a concept he can ever again embrace.
Once again Hansen-Løve has made a film with "Maya" where you consider the future since she so thoroughly drops one into the lives of her characters that you don't think life ends when she turns the camera off.
In the era of postcolonialism, a film like this cannot work, no matter how subtly it tries to play down its uneven power dynamics.
There's a therapeutic quality to Maya's gentle, winding river of a story, moving at its own pace.
Hansen-Løve portrays both Maya, other Indian characters and the country at large with nuance and dimensionality. But she comes a little close to the line separating affectionate portrayal from exploitative navel-gazing.
In comparison to Hansen-Love's formidable body of work... There's an absence in rich texture otherwise seen in her strongest works. But even on its own merits, free of the clutter of expectations, Maya is rather a meandering trudge.
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