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Trishna (2012)



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Based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the D'Ubervilles, master filmmaker Michael Winterbottom's newest film stars Frieda Pinto who soars as Trishna in her most revealing performance yet. 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) 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 threaten the young lovers' bliss. -- (C) IFC

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Freida Pinto
as Trishna
Roshan Seth
as Jay's father
Mita Vasisht
as Bhaanumathi

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Critic Reviews for Trishna

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Trishna engages the potent collisions of the rural and the urban, the poor and the rich, and considers how these interactions unfold in a romance and how they might also destroy it.

August 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/4

Winterbottom has complete control of the film's look and feel, but the story seems to run away from him.

July 26, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A rare unsatisfying swerve from an otherwise reliably provocative career.

July 20, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

"Trishna" works largely on the strength of Winterbottom's clever updates of a century-old story.

July 19, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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A loose but nonetheless pretty faithful recasting of Hardy's penultimate tragedy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

July 19, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Winterbottom gives a bright panorama of Indian life, from the agrarian countryside to the tumult of Jaipur and the sophistication of Mumbai.

July 19, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Trishna

It takes a while to figure out what Winterbottom wants to say with what appears to be a conventional love story set in India, but soon the film proves to be more ironic, intense and emotionally draining than it seemed at first - with a very surprising third act.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Decent movie. Not so much like Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the D'Ubervilles, of which this was supposed to be loosely based. Very loosely. Freida Pinto is very beautiful, and a decent actress. This movie just seemed to drag on, and on.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


A lower class woman falls for an upper class man. This is how class-conscious love stories should be done. Class becomes palpable and real, and the sacrifices that each lover must undertake in order to make the match work ring true and compelling. Rather than falling into the trap of being generalized, Jay must at times give up aspects of his livelihood for Trishna, who later becomes so engrossed in the relationship that what she gives up becomes stomach-curdling and ultimately tragic. Michael Winterbottom fashions a film out of such short scenes, and he does so expertly, able to compact huge spaces of time and dramatic jumps of character. However, I did not like the end, which seemed to wrap things up too neatly. Overall, this is very strong film, and it's fitting because British and Indian filmmakers are more attuned to the ravages of class difference than we are.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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