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Profound, passionate and overflowing with incomparable beauty, Water, like the prior two films in director Deepa Mehta's "Elements" trilogy, celebrates the lives of women who resist marginalization by Indian society. Read full review
Exquisite storytelling, acting and visuals. Read full review
The writer-director doesn't raise her voice, even as she firmly condemns the injustice. Water seduces us with its beauty and sorrow. Read full review
Mehta has created the perfect guide to this strange female world. Read full review
As a sign of how stubborn some irrational religious traditions can be, Hindu protesters forced Mehta to close down her Indian location and finish the film in neighboring Sri Lanka. Read full review
Succeeds in its central goal: to turn a forgotten class of women into real, memorable human beings who deserve a different life. Read full review
A haunting and disturbing film, set in 1938, about "widow houses." Though occasionally overwrought, it emerges as life-affirming. Read full review
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. Read full review
A powerful drama, albeit a flawed one with a clumsy, didactic script. Read full review
The movie takes the form of a lackluster women's-prison picture. Read full review
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