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Michael Winterbottom

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About the Movie

Trishna (Frieda Pinto) lives with her family in a village in Rajasthan, India's largest state. As the eldest daughter, she works in a nearby resort to help pay the bills. Jay (Riz Ahmed, FOUR LIONS) is the wealthy son of a property developer. When he takes up managing a resort at his father's request, he meets Trishna at a dance and their fates cross. Jay finds every opportunity to win Trishna's affection and she accepts his efforts with shy curiosity. But when the two move to Mumbai and become a couple, Jay's deep family bond threaten the young lovers' bliss.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 88
  • Fresh: 57
  • Rotten: 31
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Life is suffering, as the Buddha said (including in Hardy's emotionally grinding novels), but it's more complex and contradictory than the ginned-up realism Mr. Winterbottom delivers here. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jul 12, 2012

Fresh: As a portrait of a nation amid accelerated and profound change, "Trishna" is a vivid piece of cinema. As a melodrama, it's provocative without being emotionally involving, the central performance more distancing than engaging. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Jul 12, 2012

Fresh: This is one of the best and bravest of recent adaptations of classic literature; if you're even a little bit intrigued, ignore what others say and don't let it pass you by. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jul 12, 2012

Fresh: Something in Hardy's tragic inclinations obviously appeals to Winterbottom; this is the third time he's adapted one of the author's novels, with the liberties he takes with the source material increasing each time. – Ian Buckwalter, NPR, Jul 12, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Exceptional film with depth and heartbreak

Takes you into the golden cage of women. A beautiful deep hopeful film that is absolutely necessary to see ...

Good Film

Saw this to see another Freida Pinto film after, "Slumdog Millionaire." I thought it was very well done. Shows the differences between living in rural settings with a traditional lifestyle to the big city with a liberal lifestyle. You feel Freida Pinto's character and the decisions she is faced with throughout the movie. Great images of India as well.

Porn disguised as "great literature",

This film is just Freida Pinto getting paid a lot of money to have sex on camera. It's just stylized porn legitimized by a flimsy association with classic literature. It comes as no surprise that all the rave reviews are by men who love to watch women degrade themselves. What is truly disgusting is that Ms. Pinto makes such a big show of being a so-called Christian woman. Well, obviously, the film industry pays women more to take their clothes off than it does for being virtuous; and she's just doing what's profitable.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2012

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