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These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Explosion of Life

I just finished watching the film Bride & Prejudice, a sort of Bollywood meets Hollywood version of Jane Austin's novel, Pride and Prejudice. The director, Gurinder Chadha, born in Kenya, raised in England, and married to a Japanese American, shows an amazing understanding and sensitivity to intercultural conflicts and misunderstandings.

This is a family story, a love story, and a story about building bridges. But what completely pulled me into the story was the absolute explosion of color and music. Who would have imagined a Jane Austin novel as a musical? Even Ashanti makes a guest appearance in a stunning musical cameo filmed live in India.

No place teems with life in quite the same way as India. It is a country of celebration amidst the most difficult of circumstances. A country of aching beauty, rich bounty, terrible poverty, and startling contrasts.

I wept through much of the film. It is so large and so rich that it is the sort of film that fills my heart with both sorrow and joy; so much so that I am overwhelmed with awe at the capacity of the human animal to find love in almost any circumstance.

I highly recommend this film.

Kinja, the weblog guide

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