Double Feature: WATER, 2005, Fox Searchlight, 117 min. Chuyia (Sarala Kariyawasam) is a child bride in India in 1938 when her husband dies; custom dictates that widows live out their lives in poverty and penitence. Sent to an ashram, the eight-year-old galvanizes the other residents, inspiring one to - tragically - test the waters of love again. This final film in director Deepa Mehta’s Elemental Trilogy earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film. In Hindi with English subtitles.
BOLLYWOOD/HOLLYWOOD, 2002, Magnolia Pictures, 105 min. Writer-director Deepa Mehta turns to lighthearted fare with this love letter to and parody of Bollywood films - a music-filled romantic romp that embraces the clichés of the genre as it plays off of classic Shakespearean comedies of mistaken identity. In English, and Hindi and Spanish with English subtitles.