Water (2005)

The film examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi. It focuses on a relationship between one of the widows, who wants to escape the social restrictions imposed on widows, and a man… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 4, 2005
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This compassionate work of social criticism is also luminous, due to both its lyrical imagery and cast.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Quite possibly the best picture of the year thus far, with no fewer than three of the most luminous female performances I have ever seen onscreen.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ebbs and flows with devastating truths and profound insights into the hypocrisy of extremism in any religion.

Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Mehta explores the politics of religion to highlight how religious hypocrisy is used to ensure women are undermined and made subservient for economic purposes.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Mehta prevailed, and this scandalous, beautiful and very moving tale of repression, hope and a tragedy is her triumph, and Hindu India's shame.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Mehta's film is courageous and reticent, a shout masquerading as a whisper.

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Louis Proyect

Powerful tale that unfortunately fails to provide any kind of real historical context for the oppression of Indian widows.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Unfolds with the clean, simple lines of a fairy tale, and if the characters initially seem to be too black-or-white to be believable, the moral complexity of the story reveals itself in a gradual, subtle manner.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Reminds us that Mehta is a filmmaker of courage -- she refused to abandon this film even after fundamentalist protestors shut down the production in India -- and singular style, telling stories that have never been told on screen.

Rex Roberts
Film Journal International

Perhaps the adversity of making the movie allowed the filmmakers and actors to empathize more fully with the subject and characters of Water.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Conner Rainwater
There's few movies that can ride on purely beautiful cinematography in order to tell a story, but this certainly does. The message of this movie is so well… More
Daniel Perry
An important film to see if not all that good, just barely socially conscious and iconoclastic enough to overcome its lack of a coherent story. This is very… More
Cynthia S.
Ooooooooh. This is a most WONDERFUL movie! The setting is beautiful. The story is amazing and very moving. The acting superb. This is my idea of a PERFECT film.… More
Leigh Ryan
Jeremy Smith
Heart braking and fascinating look at the terrible life of widows in India.
Bruce Bruce
Awsome Movie, Tells about widows in India, some are widows at age 9, Great Story a must see.

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