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Published on 04 Apr 2012 | over 5 years ago

Transplanting the well-loved tragic romance of Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles to India, Winterbottom trains his masterful lense towards one of the brightest young film stars of a generation, and Freida Pinto soars 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, FOUR LIONS) 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.

Shot with Winterbottom's agile camera, TRISHNA is a powerful look at the tension between ancient privilege and modern equality, between codes of urban and rural life and ultimately a hymn to both the glory and the tragedy that comes with beauty in all forms.
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