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Based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles, ‘Trishna’ tells the story of one woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances. Set in contemporary Rajasthan, Trishna (Freida Pinto) meets a wealthy young British businessman Jay Singh (Riz Ahmed) who has come to India to work in his father’s hotel business. After an accident destroys her father’s Jeep, Trishna goes to work for Jay, and they fall in love. But despite their feelings for each other, they cannot escape the conflicting pressures of a rural society which is changing rapidly through industrialisation, urbanisation and, above all, education. Trishna’s tragedy is that she is torn between the traditions of her family life and the dreams and ambitions that her education has given her.
As an adaptation of Tess of the d'Urbervilles set in a completely different context, I think Trishna almost succeeded. It tried to stay on the side of realism as much as possible, from the documentary style camerawork and sound editing to the naturalistic dialogue and performances. It would've been a great film if it didn't feel like it dragged. It's only an hour and 45 minutes, but for some reason it feels like it takes forever to make its point. It was great to see a film set in India with minimal singing and dancing, but it felt like it was trying too hard to feel important. There is also a tonal shift towards the end that is jarring and difficult to predict. However, I was left cold, rather than shocked or shaken. I haven't read the book in years, but I definitely don't remember it ending that way.
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While Trishna didn't work for me, I wouldn't call it a failure. This is a very 'loose' adaptation of a Thomas Hardy novel: Tess of the d'Urbervilles, directed by Michael Winterbottom. Winterbottom took the book and set it in modern India, and it feels like two very different movies but never convincingly jelled as one. The first one is a romance between two young lovers with different backgrounds set in a vibrant city. You see here that Winterbottom is focusing more on the city and culture of India itself than the relationship. Then it shifts into another gear where the story takes place in rural India, as Winterbottom focus more on the couple's relationship and the struggle between the two.…
Kind of great as long as it doesn't pay attention to the plot, even though the plot is freakin' Tess of the D'Urbervilles. (Or a seriously maimed version of it, that is: two of the three main characters have been combined, for reasons that only make sense in some perverse intellectual way.) Winterbottom's whiplashy filmmaking is great at covering up conceptual holes, namely the pesky problem of Freida Pinto being the Webster's picture for the term "pretty vacant." But things do eventually slow down, and the final stretch has the thinness that too maim so many of Winterbottom's works.
Unusual. Sedate and slow building up to the end. Engaging story line.
Het boek Tess Of The D'Urbervilles (1891) van Thomas Hardy heb ik nooit gelezen en voor de filmversie Tess (1979) van Roman Polanski heb ik nog steeds geen tijd genomen. Wat ik wel weet is dat Trishna een zeer vrije bewerking is van het originele verhaal, het Britse Wessex is verruild voor Rajasthan en Bombay, en de twee mannelijke hoofdpersonages zijn opgegaan in één acteur.
Tess heet Trishna (Freida Pinto) en is de oudste dochter van een arm gezin. Door een ongeluk is haar vader zijn broodwinning kwijt. Ze ontmoet een rijke Indiase Brit (Riz Ahmed) die haar aan een baan helpt en haar in de grote stad introduceert aan zijn welgestelde familie en vrienden. Onder die vrienden bevinden zich…
This film was great fun to watch and Freida Pinto is so beautiful I could stare at a her for days on end.
Languorous, poetic but at times painful; an interesting take on a classic (Tess of the D'urbervilles) set in rural/urban India.
Trishna (Frieda Pinto) is a simple but bright farm girl from Rajasthan who finds her self pursued by British-Indian businessman and playboy Jay (Riz Ahmed). After her father is hurt in a traffic accident she accepts a job in one of Jay’s hotels to support her family but soon finds herself falling for the charismatic and charming young man. Eventually she is persuaded to run away with him to the cosmopolitan Mumbai.
Michael Winterbottom is no stranger to Thomas Hardy, having already adapted Jude The Obscure reasonably faithfully back in 1995 and his 2000 film The Claim which relocated The Mayor Of Casterbridge into 19th century California. Here he takes another revisionist approach to Tess Of The D’Urbervilles even further…
My NPR review here.
Michael Winterbottom’s third adaptation of a Thomas Hardy novel takes the story of Tess of the D’Urbevilles and sets it in modern day India. In the role of Tess is the titular Trishna (Freida Pinto) who is relentlessly pursued by Jay (Riz Ahmed), the son of a wealthy Hotel magnate. A disastrous combinations of circumstances and infatuation lead Trishna into a destructive relationship with Jay.
Michael Winterbottom is one of cinema’s most daring modern directors. From the bizarre metacinematic A Cock and Bull Story to the highly explicit 9 Songs and the shockingly violent The Killer Inside Me, Winterbottom has rarely shied away from a challenge or controversy. Winterbottom’s experience adapting Thomas Hardy’s work has clearly set him in good…
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Ό,τι αρχίζει ωραίο τελείωνει με πόνο, της Trishna η καρδιά το ξέρει μόνο.
(Μελο)δραματάρα βαριά από το θεούλη Winterbottom που είναι απ' τους λίγους που ξεβολεύονται και δεν επαναλαμβάνονται.
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