Sita Sings the Blues
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Two women having troubles with their men, separated by several centuries, find their stories coming together in this animated comedy-drama from artist and animator Nina Paley. A female cartoonist moves from the United States when her husband gets a new job in India. While acclimating to her new life in India, the cartoonist becomes fascinated with the Hindu folk tale "the Ramayana," in which a beautiful woman named Sita, who was created spontaneously from the Earth, is adopted by King Janaka, pledged to a brave warrior named Rama, and is kidnapped by the demonic leader Ravana.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Charming indie animated film that doesn't insult anyone's intelligence."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"This colorful, cranium-bursting film isn't about one specific tale so much as the endless ways you can present narratives; it's nothing less than a kitchen-sink deconstruction on the art of storytelling."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"A spellbinding film that charms with its quirkiness in almost every sequence."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"... beautiful and often densely detailed images ..."
‑ Andy Klein, Brand X
"It's akin to watching creativity just explode onscreen -- part abstract, part musical, part improvisation-style comedy, and, most compellingly, all inspired by real-life pain."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"And the ingenuity of Sita -- which evokes painting, collage, underground comic books, Mumbai musicals and "Yellow Submarine" (for starters) - is dazzling. Not busy, or overwhelming, or eye-popping. Just affecting, surprising and a lot of fun."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Nina Paley's animated marvel mixes a personal tale of romantic woe with a fabulous, often hilarious, recounting of the Sanskrit epic fable The Ramayana."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"This is the kind of personal filmmaking that could only have come together through a chance set of inspirations. Maybe you could call it fate."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out Chicago
"The brilliance of Paley's achievement is both graphic and structural-she has not only given Sita the visual specificity of a museum-grade gallery painting but also the intricate and inimitable voice of a classic Modernist novel."
‑ Ray Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
"The story makes little sense to those unfamiliar with Indian culture and literary traditions, but it is made accessible for westerners by the use of a kind of Greek Chorus of shadow puppets who help interpret the story."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Paley's beguiling, consistently inventive visuals and sly yet melancholy tone are about as warm and winning as heartbreak-fueled empowerment gets."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"Captivating, mesmerizing, spellbinding -- I'll throw everything in the movie-critic book at this animated feature by Nina Paley"
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The more love changes the more it stays the same. History itself falls prey to love in this delightful retelling of the Ramayana."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"A very creative and poignant animated film about the heartbreaks experienced by a Hindu goddess and a contemporary woman who share the universal pain and sadness that accompany the end of an intimate relationship."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"[Filmmaker Nina] Paley adapts the original 1922 story, The Ramayana, by Valmiki and, wearing many hats, produces a work that is fun, entertaining, educational, colorful and imaginative."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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