Raised in rapidly changing rural India, Trishna is torn between cultural tradition and her own desires when she falls in love with a British businessman in this contemporary update of Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles.
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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.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
While the film never delves deep enough into its characters' emotions to be truly spellbinding, it's well worth seeing.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
Winterbottom has complete control of the film's look and feel, but the story seems to run away from him.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
A rare unsatisfying swerve from an otherwise reliably provocative career.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
"Trishna" works largely on the strength of Winterbottom's clever updates of a century-old story.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday  full review
A loose but nonetheless pretty faithful recasting of Hardy's penultimate tragedy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles.
James Adams, Globe and Mail  full review
Winterbottom gives a bright panorama of Indian life, from the agrarian countryside to the tumult of Jaipur and the sophistication of Mumbai.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
"Trishna" should move the soul and engage the tear-ducts, yet it passes by as distant as it is lovely. And the blame must fall on the movie's star, Freida Pinto.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
This escalation of passions and Trishna's humiliation demands much of both actors, yet neither Pinto nor Ahmed is completely convincing and this is the main flaw of Trishna.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star  full review
The new setting revivifies the harsh forces of class and gender at work in the story.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
Winterbottom is a director who never repeats himself, films all over the world, and in "Trishna," effortlessly embeds his story in modern India.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
Winterbottom uses the Indian locations with a documentarian's eye and a dramatist's mind.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
Spectacular visually, though awfully somber dramatically.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
Pinto's lack of dramatic range (she basically has two expressions) and an awkward third act do not provide a solid foundation for Hardy's tragic ending.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post  full review
As a portrait of a nation amid accelerated and profound change, "Trishna" is a vivid piece of cinema. As a melodrama, it's provocative without being emotionally involving, the central performance more distancing than engaging.
Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times  full review
This is one of the best and bravest of recent adaptations of classic literature; if you're even a little bit intrigued, ignore what others say and don't let it pass you by.
Andrew O'Hehir,  full review
Life is suffering, as the Buddha said (including in Hardy's emotionally grinding novels), but it's more complex and contradictory than the ginned-up realism Mr. Winterbottom delivers here.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times  full review
Something in Hardy's tragic inclinations obviously appeals to Winterbottom; this is the third time he's adapted one of the author's novels, with the liberties he takes with the source material increasing each time.
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 117 min
  • Available From: Nov 07, 2012
  • Queued by: 108 people
Directed By
Michael Winterbottom
Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Roshan Seth, Meeta Vasisht, Harish Khanna

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