Travel to India for an update of Thomas Hardy's classic novel TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES with master filmmaker Michael WInterbottom and ingenue Frieda Pinto, of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, who soars as Trishna in her most revealing performance yet. Shot with Winterbottom's agile camera, TRISHNA is a powerful look at the tension between ancient privilege and modern equality, between codes of urban and rural life and ultimately a hymn to both the glory and the tragedy that comes from beauty in all forms.
"There are few directors working in British cinema today whose output is as consistently interesting and provocative as that of Michael Winterbottom. Astonishingly prolific, he has been an arthouse favorite since the 1990s."
-Deborah Allison, SENSES OF CINEMA
Trishna lives with her family in a village in India's largest state. As the eldest daughter, she works in a nearby resort to help pay the bills. Jay (Riz Ahmed) is the wealthy son of a property developer. When he takes up managing a resort at his father's request, he meets Trishna at a dance and their fates cross. Jay finds every opportunity to win Trishna's affection and she accepts his efforts with shy curiosity. But when the two moves to Mumbai and become a couple, Jay's deep family bond threaten the young lovers' bliss.
Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Rated R.
UK/India, 2012, 35mm Film, 117minutes, Color, English.