Set in 1938 Colonial India, against Mahatma Gandhi’s rise to power, Water begins when 8-year-old Chuyia is widowed and sent to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence. (Fox Searchlight)
This work of gorgeous fury, about the virtual imprisonment of millions of Hindu widows in the years before independence, transforms Mehta’s feminist rage into an eloquent testament to the hunger for freedom.
Water, set in 1930s India, is something pretty rare in the world of movies: an artistic muckraker. It is superb and strange at once, a discreet and self-disciplined attack dog of a movie.
Exquisite storytelling, acting and visuals.
Lurking just beneath Water’s serene, storybook surface is an unmissable, defiant passion.
Mehta has created the perfect guide to this strange female world.
The best elements of Water involve the young girl and the experiences seen through her eyes. I would have been content if the entire film had been her story.
The movie takes the form of a lackluster women’s-prison picture.