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The last of Deepa Mehta's "elemental" trilogy, this gorgeously filmed and beautifully acted drama exposes the life of deprivation that widows faced in India under traditional religious laws. Set in 1938, as Gandhi and other progressives campaigned for modernizing such social codes, Water focuses on one widow's house, where the women's lives are crippled with bitterness, poverty and loneliness, yet still sustained through hope, humor and kindness. In this moving and provocative film, three women take steps toward independence, including Chuyia, whose pre-arranged groom has died, condemning the lively 9-year-old to a life of social exile. In Hindi, with subtitles. Starts Fri., May 26. Oaks (AH)



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