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Contemporary Indian is the setting for this adaptation of Tess of the d'Urbervilles


Michael Winterbottom adapts Thomas Hardy's 19th-century novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles, resetting the tale of an uneducated rural woman variously betrayed by men in contemporary India. Trishna (Freida Pinto) thinks she has found a better life with the cavalier and wealthy Jay (Riz Ahmed). She works at his father's hotel, and later, joins him as his mistress in Mumbai's lively Bollywood scene. But whatever love Jay holds for her turns toxic and sexually demeaning. Indian culture's mix of urban and rural, traditional and modern, makes a good backdrop for this melodrama rooted in old-fashioned morality and gender roles. In English, and Hindi, with subtitles.

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