April 23rd, 2006

The Librarian

Just ...

... finished watching Earth. It's a devastating film. I would imagine all or most of you have seen Gandhi and its depiction of the terrible violence that erupted between Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims when the British partitioned India (creating Pakistan) and then withdrew. It's cold and clinical, distant and sanitized, compared to "Earth," which focuses on a small group of friends, living in Lahore, whose closeness is unaffected by their different religions until the violence of the partition touches all of their lives. The viewer sees all of this from the POV of a young Parsee girl; the Parsees have survived in India for centuries by practising neutrality, but that is no longer a defense against the world around them.

Definitely a MUST-view (as are the rest of Deepa Mehta's films) ... just be sure to have an adequate supply of tissues on hand.