Director Michael Winterbottom is insanely eclectic. After the sublime yuks of The Trip (2011) and the pitch-black kicks of The Killer Inside Me (2010), he has now set a gloss on Tess of the d’Urbervilles in modern India in Trishna. As Trishna, a poor beauty who gets hired — and seduced — by a wealthy hotelier’s son (Riz Ahmed), Freida Pinto is so placid she’s a bit of a bore. The shots of urban traffic jams have more spark than the story, which skips from a pregnancy to the filming of a musical to murder — without convincing us of any of it. (Also available on VOD.) C
MODERN INDIA Filled with too many incomplete twists and turns, the film fails to tell a single coherent story (Marcel Zyskind/IFC)
Genre: Drama; Starring: Anurag Kashyap, Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Kalki Koechlin; Director: Michael Winterbottom; Author: Thomas Hardy; Release Date Limited: 07/13/2012; Runtime (in minutes): 108; MPAA Rating: R
Posted July 17 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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