July 13, 2012
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Michael Winterbottom
MPAA Rating: R (for sexuality, some violence, drug use and language)
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Freida Pinto
Copyright Holder: N/A
Trishna lives with her family in a village in Rajasthan, India's largest state. As the eldest daughter, she works in a nearby resort to help pay the bills. Jay (Riz Ahmed, "Four Lions") 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 move to Mumbai and become a couple, Jay's deep family bond threatens the young lovers' bliss. 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 with beauty in all forms.