Water (2006) Synopsis
Tale of hardship in 1930s India.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Profound, passionate and overflowing with incomparable beauty, Water, like the prior two films in director Deepa Mehta's "Elements"...
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Exquisite storytelling, acting and visuals.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The writer-director doesn't raise her voice, even as she firmly condemns the injustice. Water seduces us with its beauty and sorrow.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Mehta has created the perfect guide to this strange female world.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
As a sign of how stubborn some irrational religious traditions can be, Hindu protesters forced Mehta to close down her Indian location and...
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75

Boston Globe

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Succeeds in its central goal: to turn a forgotten class of women into real, memorable human beings who deserve a different life.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A haunting and disturbing film, set in 1938, about "widow houses." Though occasionally overwrought, it emerges as life-affirming.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A powerful drama, albeit a flawed one with a clumsy, didactic script.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie takes the form of a lackluster women's-prison picture.
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Deeply touching & powerful

By Usha L Paradise
Beautifully told, heart-wrenching story. Young women (especially South Asian women) should see this - it will help them appreciate the options and freedoms they have now because of the sacrifices of...

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Rated NR | For Sexual Situations, Mature Thematic Material and Brief Drug Use