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Trishna (2012) 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… 2012-07-13 R PT108M Drama Anurag Kashyap Freida Pinto Riz Ahmed Kalki Koechlin IFC Films
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Trishna (2012)

MPAA Rating: R

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MODERN INDIA Filled with too many incomplete twists and turns, the film fails to tell a single coherent story
Image credit: Marcel Zyskind/IFC
MODERN INDIA Filled with too many incomplete twists and turns, the film fails to tell a single coherent story
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Jul 13, 2012; Rated: R; Length: 108 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Anurag Kashyap and Freida Pinto; Distributor: IFC Films

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

Originally posted Jul 11, 2012 Published in issue #1216 Jul 20, 2012 Order article reprints