Water, directed by Deepa Mehta, is Canada's submission this year as the film to be considered for best foreign language picture for the upcoming academy award season.
Water is in like a Terrance Malick film, say something like The New World. It's cinemotography is beautiful and takes you to a unique place, filled with naturalistic imagry, yet has a tendency to be slow and subtle.
Water is like Krzysztof Kieslowski's film Trois couleurs: Bleu. I say this because Water is the third film in Mehta's 3 film Elements series (Fire, Earth & Water), and while Blue was the 1st film in Kieslowski's Three Color Series (White, Blue, and Red) you can see why I would draw a connection between Blue and Water. Plus, Canadian actress Lisa Ray, does an excellent job in a way that can be compared to the excellent subtle acting of Juliette Binoche (Blue).
Water is like Memoirs of a Geisha. Although the story of Water takes place in a widow house and Memoirs takes place in a Geisha house, the primarily female cast with unique female dynamics is certainly at play. Especially as Lisa Ray's character is herself a widow prostitute. Also, is it odd that I would draw a comparison between Ken Watanabe (Memoirs) and John Abraham (Water)?
Water is like Osama. Even though Osama tells the story of oppresion of a 12-year-old Afghan girl forced to deal with the realities of the Taliban in her country and Water tells the story of a 7-year-old girl who is oppressed by being married young and then widowed and sent off to a seperate world of deprivation of widows where the girls is to live forever. Both stories are sad in this way.
Water is like Born into Brothels. Obviously Born into Brothels is a documentary that takes place in contemporary times and Water is a historical drama that takes place in the 1930s both stories paint a sad picture of social ritual in India, and how the historical role is still a challenge facing present day India.
Water is like Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding. Obviously both films take place in India, and while there content is different, I enjoy the Indian influenced music in both of these films very much. There is something about it, especially with shown with colors and dancing that is very very beautiful.
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