Review of reviews - Trishna

  • The List
  • 28 February 2012
Review of Reviews - Trishna

What we said and what they said about Michael Winterbottom's Indian Thomas Hardy adaptation

We said
Some of Hardy’s themes have a real resonance in this Indian setting, notably the clash between tradition and modernity, and the sexual double-standards by which Tess herself so painfully suffers, yet the film ultimately lacks the requisite emotional force.
The List

They said
The film is a seductive, allegorical study of male-female relationships that says more about what its characters are than who they are.
The Guardian

Winterbottom’s script was apparently improvised in part. This allows for a spontaneous feel; but it fails to nail some of the plot’s complexity.

Winterbottom’s quick-cut style is neither Hollywood nor Bollywood, but distinctly his own. Even the music, which mixes Trivedi’s songs with a beautiful original score by Shigeru Umebayashi reinforces the helmer’s unique approach to the material.

Visually and aurally, the film benefits from a strong sense of place, without overworking the ethnic exotica. If this transposition of Hardy comes up a little short in emotional impact, it nonetheless is a distinctive new take on a classic story.
Hollywood Reporter



  • 3 stars
  • 2012
  • UK
  • 1h 57min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Michael Winterbottom
  • Cast: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Roshan Seth
  • UK release: 9 March 2012

A transposition of Tess of the D'Urbervilles to modern-day India. Trishna (Pinto) falls in love with wealthy, British-raised Jay (Ahmed), but their relationship soon fractures. Hardy's themes of sexual hypocrisy and the clash of tradition and modernity make sense in this setting, but the film ultimately lacks emotional…

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