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  • Summary: 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 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. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 13, 2012
    91
    In Michael Winterbottom's Trishna, Thomas Hardy's Victorian romantic tragedy "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" proves surprisingly adaptable to contemporary India.
  2. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 12, 2012
    80
    With Trishna, his (Winterbottom) penchant for risks has once again paid off.
  3. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jul 11, 2012
    75
    Trishna is in love with India without romanticizing it.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Jul 7, 2012
    60
    The ever-versatile Winterbottom's loose and limber adaptation doesn't entirely mesh with Hardy's more formal narrative, leaving this feeling disjointed and underpowered. Nevertheless, there's still plenty to enjoy in the director's customary flourishes.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jul 19, 2012
    58
    The relationship between Trishna and Jay never rings as true as it needs to for the downbeat third act to resonate the way it was presumably intended to do.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jul 12, 2012
    50
    Michael Winterbottom's films aren't always successful, but they're almost always interesting. And, in the case of this odd transplantation from Thomas Hardy's grim Wessex to the glare and blare of contemporary India, spectacular visually, though awfully somber dramatically.
  7. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Jul 23, 2012
    25
    The meat of the film is sadly, a tedious misstep for a director who, even when he's experimented in the past, has generally come up with something more interesting than this. It is, however, still better than "9 Songs"

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  1. Dec 15, 2012
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Dullsville. Freida Pinto is striking as always, and the cinematography is compelling, but the story line, supposedly based on the Hardy work, is confused and shallow. The movie is just a patchwork of loosely connected 1-minute scenes with little continuity or storytelling. There is minimal character development - something that Ms. Pinto definitely needs because of her withdrawn nature. The players are injected fully formed with no backstory or history to help us appreciate who they are. Even Ms. Pinto's interactions with her family are insipid. We're left to wonder why her character attaches to the male lead, following him from town to town for no apparent reason other than to make a few bucks to send back to her family. The sexual attraction, and ensuing scenes, are contrived and colorless. Ultimately we can't understand her rage leading to the murder she commits, or her subsequent suicide. Expand

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