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Following the sudden and unexpected death of her husband, a widowed child bride lashes out against her fate in the Hindu ashram where she is expected to atone for her sins in this humanistic drama, the third installment of filmmaker Deepa Mehta's Elemental Trilogy. Chuyia's Sarala husband has died, and religious doctrine dictates that she now retire to an ashram to atone for the sins that caused her husband's untimely death. As Chuyia bides her time among widows both young an old -- some accepting of their fate and some bitterly resentful -- the preadolescent widow's spirit remains unbroken and hopeful for a brighter future.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary; by director Deepa Mehta; The Story Behind the Making of Water featurette; Behind-the-scenes featurette
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According to her daughter Devyani Saltzman's memoir, Shooting Water, director Deepa Mehta had an enormously difficult time producing the final entry of her Elemental Trilogy. Shooting in the Indian holy city of Varanasi was initially forced to shut down after Hindu fundamentalists and officials with the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh party raised objects to its criticism of Hindu society. It was really manufactured by an election-year desire to drive voters to the booths through hysteria. The film was eventually completed four years later in Sri Lanka. Had anyone bothered to read the script, they would have immediately understood how misguided their passions were. Water is a deeply felt drama about women in ridiculously horrible circumstances, and its social criticism, a Dickensian exposé on the poverty and societal oppression associated with widow's ashrams, shouldn't disagree with anybody with an ounce of sympathy toward humanity. True to the theme of the cycle, Mehta shoots the film in a straightforward manner; the story, characters, and theme are clear; and though it takes place in a specific time period and political atmosphere, the solidity of the drama lends the film a timeless universality. The actresses are uniformly excellent, particularly Sarala, who is both headstrong and vulnerable, as befits a child, and Seema Biswas, whose character gradually emerges as the film's heroine as she discovers her quiet reserves of inner strength. The romance between the prostitute widow Kalyani Lisa Ray and an idealistic rich Gandhian Narayan John Abraham teeters on overwrought artifice, but is saved by a moving and satisfying conclusion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • UPC: 024543266143
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Seema Biswas Shakuntala
Lisa Ray Kalyani
John Abraham Narayan
Sarala Chuyia
Manorama Madhumati
Vidula Javalgekar Patiraji "Auntie"
Raghubir Yadav Gulabi
Kulbhushan Kharbanda Sadananda
Vinay Pathak Rabindra
Gerson Da Cuhna
Ronica Sajnani
Meera Biswas
Waheeda Rehman
Buddhi Wickrama
Rinsly Weerarathne
Iranganie Serasinghe
Hermantha Gamage
Rishma Malik
Sanoja Bibile
Dolly Ahluwalia Tewari
Daya Alwis
Delon Weerasinghe
Eric Seema
Francisca Mudannayake
Mulchand Dedhia
Isuru Navodya
Niroshan Wijesinghe
Vasanth Nath
Mohan Jhangiani
Zul Vilani Voice Only
Technical Credits
Deepa Mehta Director, Screenwriter
Mark Burton Executive Producer
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Dylan Gray Asst. Director
David Hamilton Executive Producer, Producer
Sumant Jayakrishnan Art Director
Doug Mankoff Executive Producer
Dilip Mehta Production Designer
Colin Monie Editor
Giles Nuttgens Cinematographer
Asoka Perera Production Manager
A.R. Rahman Songwriter
Ajay Virmani Executive Producer
Mohammed Yusuf Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Water
1. Young Titles/Young Widow [:26]
2. Sisters in Grief [:06]
3. Prayer [:17]
4. Runaway [:24]
5. Gandhi [5:10]
6. No Men Allowed [6:51]
7. Water [1:16]
8. Sweets [5:49]
9. Night Visit [2:04]
10. Auntie's Death [1:55]
11. Reborn a Man [4:32]
12. Narayan's Note [1:53]
13. Kalyani at the Temple [6:07]
14. The Cloud Messenger [:22]
15. Lotus Flower [2:41]
16. Sinful Behavior [5:11]
17. Madhumati's Parrot [1:14]
18. Freeing Kalyani [3:22]
19. Festival of Color [1:09]
20. Kalyani's Client [3:33]
21. One Less Mouth to Feed [1:47]
22. Deceit [1:37]
23. Prayer Meeting [:12]
24. Take This Child/End Titles [2:21]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Water
   Play
   Language Selection
      Hindi 5.1 Dolby Surround
      Commentary by Director Deepa Mehta
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Deepa Mehta: On
      Commentary by Director Deepa Mehta: Off
      Behind the Scenes
      The Story Behind the Making of Water
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Moving

    If you are into history, cultural perspectives and aesthetic and enjoy watching meaningful films, this movie should be on your to-get list. Water introduces you to a young girl (she couldn't be more than 8) who becomes a young widow after her severely old and ill husband dies. She is forced to separate from her parents and live in a secluded settlement where other widows reside. Mind you, the majority of them are scores older than her. This small child must live the life of a widow though she did not even realize she was even married. The opening scene of the movie was most memorable, because as she was riding on the back of a wagon with her dying husband and relatives, the camera catches her acting as a child would unaware and oblivious to serious matters and her curiosity. This is not even a summary of half of the movie. The rest is equally interesting and very in depth. This was during the time too, of Ghandi's political movements, which ties into the film's message. An outstanding testimony to history and culture that can be unfortunate to some but expected of others.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Water" Is Unforgettable

    This film introduces a world few know anything about. It is almost impossible to imagine the circumstances faced by the young heroine and the other widows. It should be seen by everyone, not the audiences its limited distribution allows.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heartbreaking

    This movie had me in tears. Definitely a must see.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

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    this is a movie will make you cry it's so moving it touch's your heart in so many way's this story is based on a book that when I read it I cryed so many times because it go's into more of the little girl's life but to see this come to life in a movie was awsome. The was film so well done light,water,music was so lovely..

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