Trishna Reviews

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August 3, 2012
Trishna engages the potent collisions of the rural and the urban, the poor and the rich, and considers how these interactions unfold in a romance and how they might also destroy it.
July 26, 2012
Winterbottom has complete control of the film's look and feel, but the story seems to run away from him.
July 20, 2012
A rare unsatisfying swerve from an otherwise reliably provocative career.
July 19, 2012
"Trishna" works largely on the strength of Winterbottom's clever updates of a century-old story.
July 19, 2012
A loose but nonetheless pretty faithful recasting of Hardy's penultimate tragedy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles.
July 19, 2012
Winterbottom gives a bright panorama of Indian life, from the agrarian countryside to the tumult of Jaipur and the sophistication of Mumbai.
July 19, 2012
"Trishna" should move the soul and engage the tear-ducts, yet it passes by as distant as it is lovely. And the blame must fall on the movie's star, Freida Pinto.
July 19, 2012
Featuring a Bollywood subplot and an irresistible East-meets-West score, the movie is lush and lusty: both a strong vehicle for Pinto and a good match for Winterbottom's impressionistic style.
July 19, 2012
This escalation of passions and Trishna's humiliation demands much of both actors, yet neither Pinto nor Ahmed is completely convincing and this is the main flaw of Trishna.
July 19, 2012
The new setting revivifies the harsh forces of class and gender at work in the story.
July 19, 2012
Winterbottom is a director who never repeats himself, films all over the world, and in "Trishna," effortlessly embeds his story in modern India.
July 18, 2012
Winterbottom uses the Indian locations with a documentarian's eye and a dramatist's mind.
July 13, 2012
Spectacular visually, though awfully somber dramatically.
July 13, 2012
Pinto's lack of dramatic range (she basically has two expressions) and an awkward third act do not provide a solid foundation for Hardy's tragic ending.
July 12, 2012
As a portrait of a nation amid accelerated and profound change, "Trishna" is a vivid piece of cinema. As a melodrama, it's provocative without being emotionally involving, the central performance more distancing than engaging.
July 12, 2012
This is one of the best and bravest of recent adaptations of classic literature; if you're even a little bit intrigued, ignore what others say and don't let it pass you by.
July 12, 2012
Life is suffering, as the Buddha said (including in Hardy's emotionally grinding novels), but it's more complex and contradictory than the ginned-up realism Mr. Winterbottom delivers here.
July 12, 2012
Something in Hardy's tragic inclinations obviously appeals to Winterbottom; this is the third time he's adapted one of the author's novels, with the liberties he takes with the source material increasing each time.
July 12, 2012
By combining the characters of Lord d'Urberville and Angel Clare into one person -- spoiled rich boy Jay (Riz Ahmed, Four Lions) -- Winterbottom strips the tale of a compelling second act, making things sag terribly in the middle.
July 12, 2012
Trishna is in love with India without romanticizing it.
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