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drama, foreign, romance

Set in 1938 colonial India against Mahatma Gandhi's rise to power, WATER tells the story of 8-year-old Chuyia, who is widowed and sent to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence.

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- Andrew Pulver, Guardian [UK], Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Quite possibly the best picture of the year thus far, with no fewer than three of the most luminous female performances I have ever seen onscreen.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Fresh: You'll leave the theater with a lot to think about, especially regarding the plight of women around the globe.

- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Thursday, May 11, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

There's few movies that can ride on purely beautiful cinematography in order to tell a story, but this certainly does. The message of this movie is so well told through its images that it quite possibly could have been utterly silent and still effective. Now the basic story and characters are okay, but they wouldn't be half as effective if they weren't given such a great backdrop. The issue is important, but not something an American audience would necessarily need a feature length to understand. For a two hour movie that essentially deals with one sole issue, it can be a bit lengthy and unevenly paced, but I would never go as far as to say that it was bad or boring. It also has quite possibly one of the most oddly humorous moments ever brought onscreen concerning a fart joke and a child stomping on a fat woman's back.

- ythelastman89, Monday, May 2, 2011

5 stars

Ooooooooh. This is a most WONDERFUL movie! The setting is beautiful. The story is amazing and very moving. The acting superb. This is my idea of a PERFECT film. This movie was nominated for a 2007 Academy Award. I dont understand why this movie wouldnt have won hands down. Truly, truly wonderful.

- itsjustme2004, Thursday, October 14, 2010

3 stars

A good lovely movie with a cutesy story line and great acting but it wasn't intriguing enough. You didn't want to watch it you just did. The setting was awesme though.

- StarCrossedVoyager, Sunday, April 6, 2008