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In this India-set Canadian drama, two disparate wives related by marriage and united at first by the oppressiveness of Indian tradition that relegates them to miserable unions, find solace and love in each other's arms. The film opens as an unhappy young couple, Jatin and Sita, fumble through a conversation. Neither wanted to marry each other, but as it was arranged by Jatin's family, they had no choice. Marriage does not stop Jatin, who owns a video store, from continuing his long-time love affair with a Chinese hairdresser. Caring nothing for Sita, he doesn't even try to hide the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mehta's larger goal -- demystifying India -- is powerfully, unsettlingly realized."
‑ Tom Keogh,
"Mehta's direction of her unusually intimate film is delicate. The acting is notably good, especially from Azmi."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"should spark interest in India's modern culture even if it doesn't satisfy those who think a lesbian love affair should burn more explicitly"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A compelling drama set in India about the boundlessness of desire."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Works because it doesn't come off as a lofty diatribe but actually mixes humor with its pathos."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"The film has a seductive resonance."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The pieces don't all work perfectly, but the whole is gently affecting."
‑ Mary Brennan,
"Although the acting is pleasant enough, the script by the director suffers from a paucity of ideas. His characters are handsomely outlined but never adequately filled in."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"A plea for women's self-determination that, for all its good intentions, will probably strike viewers in this country as a bit obvious."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Examiner
"Fire's flat-out depiction of average middle-class existence in New Delhi is eye-opening."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Fire may be a film, but its story of frustrated desires, love-starved women and the stifling bonds of tradition makes it resemble one of those fat best-selling novels that can fill a summer day at the beach with hours of undemanding pleasure."
‑ Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times
"Fire lights its spark beautifully"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"One of the most powerful achievements of Fire is to represent a form of desire which is not an escape, but a political challenge."
‑ Rachel Malik, Sight and Sound
"More soap opera than anything else, full of wringing of hands and lots and lots of talking."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Audacious, yet sensitive, Fire may shock traditionalists but might well win Indian cinema a whole new audience."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
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