Source: Catholic News Service
Poignant drama set in 1938 India about the lives of women who, in accordance with Hindu tradition, are required -- following their husbands' deaths -- to live out their days as outcasts in a squalid widows' ashram; they include an 8-year-old child bride (Sarala); a young beauty (Lisa Ray) forced into prostitution by the camp's matriarch (Manorma) who falls for a progressive-minded law student (John Abraham); and a devout older woman (Seema Biswas), torn between conscience and her faith. Visually poetic with soulful performances, director Deepa Mehta's film is simple yet deeply moving, balancing heartbreak and hope as it explores the lives of the widows in whose humanity is reflected the dignity of all women. Implied prostitution, a suicide, brief drug usage, a transvestite character, some sexual references and a few mildly crude expressions. Subtitles. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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