Heat and Dust
Heat and Dust (1983)

Cross-cutting between two generations, James Ivory's sprawling epic of self-discovery is also a lush evocation of the prismatic and sensuous beauty of India. As she searches for answers to the mystery surrounding a long-ago affair… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 15, 1983
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
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Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice

There's a whole lot of cathartic pain in Heat and Dust, if you know where to look for it.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Weaves a magical spell as an exploration of romance and as a sensitive cross-cultural study

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Keith Watson
Slant Magazine

It's unlikely to win over Merchant-Ivory skeptics, but it does represent an intriguing transition from the India-centered social realism of their earlier work to the lavish literary adaptations for which they would become famous.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Lovely and leisurely, it lacks the repressed sexual "heat" of the greatest Merchant/Ivory/Jhabvala period pieces.

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