Trishna Movie Reviews
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I really liked this film and I think it is totally worth seeing in the theaters. I found this film to be very interesting, intoxicating and highly emotional, I was kind of exhausted after seeing it but in a good way. Many social constraints that the film mentions are still very much intact in modern India and I could relate to this film very well. The film was well paced and the story unraveled nicely, I was very pleased with it. The film looked great visually and the soundtrack was amazing and overall I had a pretty good time watching this film.
Generally, I don't like movies that are not Sci Fi or fantasy (yeah, I'm a geek ok) but this movie I found to be fascinating. It's based on the novel by Thomas Hardy about a poor British girl in rural England who ends up in the arms of a rich London boy. The London boy remains in the movie, but the country is now India and the girl is named Trishna (Frieda Pinto). The thing I like best about this movie was how it depicted India. I have never been but I've seen a lot of footage of it in other movies (mostly Bollywood flicks) and also scenes of the Taj Mahal, but this movie goes where those movies don't dare to. It shows how the majority of Indian people live and how they have to survive by doing whatever is given to them by Fate. It's a cruel existence, but there is still magic and wonder in it. There are a lot of sad scenes in the movie, but I still think it's worth checking out, especially if you like artsy movies.
For those who want to see old wine in a new, cracked, and corked bottle, this one's for you: Trishna, the devastating and haunting new film from director Michael Winterbottom, takes the classic tale of Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and transplants it into modern India. The story's essential themes of emotional dependence, class warfare, societal subject positions, and, most of all, sex and gender, are retained in a gritty adaptation that feels both raw and fantastic at the same time.
Trishna (Frieda Pinto) is a poor village girl in Rajasthan who supports her family by working at a local hotel where she serves drinks to tourists. A band of British boys comes to town and one of them named Jay (Riz Ahmed) becomes infatuated with Trishna. Jay and Trishna are polar opposites: he is rich, she is poor; he is educated, she is a simpleton; he goes for what he wants and gets it; she doesn't even know what she wants and reaches only for the next sunrise.
Soon the two embark upon a relationship that at first seems ideal: is Jay the knight in a white Mercedes that has come to rescue the poor waif from a life of unending servitude? He takes her away, first to Bombay, where they cohabit as a couple, and then to a rural hotel in the backlands of India where the final act takes place. All the while, Trishna is allowed to escape poverty and enjoy a life that she had no knowledge of in her family's village. But it all comes at a steep and heavy price.
To be sure, there is much that will shock viewers in the film. The movie has several sex scenes that depict not only lust, but a depravity that follows Jay's transformation from sensitive lover to hedonistic sadist. Riz Ahmed plays Jay with conviction, as does Pinto as the heroine, though their distinct lack of chemistry both helps and hurts the movie. They sometimes seem to be two casual acquaintances that happen to know each other quite well, but whose relationship never moves beyond exchanging pleasantries until Jay decides he wants intercourse. It is a relationship of extremes, just as this is a movie about rich vs. poor, male vs. female, and life vs. death. If only the "versus" could be removed and the two extremes could learn to coexist.
Oh my god, this is like the saddest movie EVER! I was just stunned at how awful the guy treats the girl in this after he first shows up as Mr Nice Guy and then takes the poor uneducated Trishna away from her family just because she needs money to support them. I guess this happens to a lot of poor girls in the third world, but I hope their stories end a lot happier than Trishna's. I was crying in soooo many scenes, especially when Trishna comes home after her first encounter with Jay. The abortion scene was pretty scary and I still don't get how the family paid for it, but I guess they had some money saved up for an emergency. I was mostly slack-jawed at how Trishna just goes wherever she's told to go and then ends up a servant. I was rooting for her the whole time, I just wish she could have chosen a better path for herself. I never read the book that the movie is based on, but I will check it out now. As a female, you have to stand up for what's right!
Frieda Pinto is a total babe, even without any makeup, which is what makes her so captivating to watch. This is a pretty good movie, though it does make you want to hate all guys since there isn't a decent guy in the whole movie. They're all jerks, which is kind of one-sided and I felt bad as a guy watching it, but then I guess to each his or her own. Riz Ahmed is a total natural in the part of Jay and I liked how he transformed from a really sweet guy to a sicko by the end. It was an interesting story to say the least. I guess this happens in real life more than we like to admit but I don't think anyone should watch this and think that all foreign dudes go to poor villages and take advantage of young girls that live in shacks. I liked the whole storyline about Trishna wanting to be a dancer, but it seemed to go nowhere pretty fast. Frieda Pinto knows how to act and dance, which is why she's big in Hollywood and Bollywood.
I guess I should have paid more attention to the previews but this was definitely NOT another Slumdog Millionaire! I thought this was going to be another heartwarming story like Slumdog about a poor kid in India who finds her way out of poverty, but this is something else totally. It's supposed to be based on the novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, which I remember reading as a teen back in high school and college, but I don't remember there being so much sex and gratuitous intercourse scenes in the novel. Maybe they thought that by adding all the sexy stuff that the movie would do better at the box office, but I think they thought wrong. I took my teens to see this and they were shocked at how much sex was in the movie. It's like an endless series of rape scenes toward the end. I give the two stars in my review to the lead actors who plays their parts well though I could tell they were uncomfortable with all the intimate things they had to do to each other...not a family movie, sorry.
Wow, this is an absolutely stellar and amazing movie that I just cannot get out of my head. It's so gripping and sad and makes you feel so sorry for poor people, especially poor women, who get taken advantage of by rich douche bags like Jay in the movie. As a woman, I could relate to how Trishna let herself get taken advantage of because she believed the facade that Jay presented. He seemed to be her knight in shining armor but then he turns out to be a snake and a monster, making her basically his slave where she is just an object he wants to screw all the time. What woman hasn't been in that situation? Frieda Pinto is pretty great in her role, she really gives a nuanced and understated performance and she's so pretty in her simple self, no make up or anything. Really refreshing. Riz Ahmed plays his part really well too and I suspect we'll be seeing more of him soon. Also really loved the background score.