Duvidha

Duvidha ★★★★★

An Indian ghost story told mainly through fractured angles and extreme closeups, conveying a sense of intimacy that nevertheless feels foreign and otherworldly; it's one of the most evocative films I've seen about what it must feel like to be a woman trapped in an arranged, loveless marriage. Director Mani Kaul borrows some of his technique from the work of Sergei Parajanov (The Color of Pomegranates) and Chris Marker (much like La Jetee, Kaul's film incorporates still photos for certain dramatic arcs), yet there's something fresh and singular here, laying the colorful, hyperrealist groundwork for Mohsen Makhmalbaf (particularly Gabbeh) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. It's hella gorgeous, too, with a stunning performance by Raisa Padamsee based almost entirely on her hands and eye movements.

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