Fire (1996)

This Canadian drama takes place in India, where two wives find comfort in each other's arms after finding none from their forced marriages. Jatin and Satin are not happily married, neither is Jatin's brother Asok and his wife Radha.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 1996
DVD 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.

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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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Speaks tellingly about individual freedom for women versus social expectations and arranged marriages.

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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
Internet Reviews

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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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