Fire (1996)

In this Canadian drama, set in India, two disparate wives united by the oppressiveness of Indian tradition of arranged marriages find solace and love in each other's arms. Married to brothers Jatin and Ashok, Sita and Radha are… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 11, 2000
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Keogh

Mehta's larger goal -- demystifying India -- is powerfully, unsettlingly realized.

Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Mehta's direction of her unusually intimate film is delicate. The acting is notably good, especially from Azmi.

John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

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

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film has a seductive resonance.

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Mary Brennan

The pieces don't all work perfectly, but the whole is gently affecting.

Steve Rhodes
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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.

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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

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.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Fire lights its spark beautifully

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Rachel Malik
Sight and Sound

One of the most powerful achievements of Fire is to represent a form of desire which is not an escape, but a political challenge.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Leigh Ryan
Tried over and over, but could not get into this film.
John Ballantine
The ultimate Mehta for me was the end of the trilogy Water but this was a fine start. Parallels to the later Jihad for Love as lesbianism takes hld in a… More
Leo L
This is a favorite of mine. I love the plot and admire the characters for their bravery. This film is definitely a remarkable insight into the lives of two… More