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Water [videorecording] / Fox Searchlight Pictures presents ; Mongrel Media presents in association with Telefilm Canada, Noble Nomad Pictures, Echo Lake Productions ; a David Hamilton production ; a Deepa Mehta film ; produced by David Hamilton ; written and directed by Deepa Mehta.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Berklee College of Music.

Current holds

0 current holds with 1 total copy.

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Library Reserve Desk DVD 4573 37684001063923 Reserve Closet Not holdable Available -

Record details

  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Edition: Widescreen ed.
  • Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2006.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally produced as an Indian/Canadian motion picture in 2005.
Faculty reserve.
Material for LVIS-223 (Menon).
Special features: Commentary by director Deepa Mehta [optional audio feature]; Behind-the-scenes [featurette] (21 min.); The story behind the making of 'Water" [featurette] (4 min.).
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Director of photography, Giles Nuttgens ; film editor, Colin Monie ; production designer, Dilip Mehta ; music composed by Mychael Danna ; songs composed by A.R. Rahman ; lyrics, Sukhwinder Singh ; costume designer, Dolly Ahluwallia ; Hindi translation of dialogue, Anurag Kashyap.
Participant or Performer Note:
Seema Biswas (Shakuntula), Lisa Ray (Kalyani), John Abraham (Narayan), Sarala (Chuyia), Manorma (Madhumati), Vidula Javalgekar ('Auntie' Patiraji), Raghuvir Yadav (Gulabi), Kulbhushan Kharbanda (Sadananda), Vinay Pathak (Rabindra), Gerson Da Cunha (Seth Dwarkanath), Ronica Sainani (Kunti), Meera Biswas (Gyanvati), Waheeda Rehman (Bhagavati).
Summary, etc.:
It is 1938, the twilight of colonial India, as Gandhi's protests begin to change Indian society. But for some women, things may never change. As widows, they are condemned by Hindu law to spend the rest of their lives in an ashram, to live out their lives in poverty, chastity, and humble obscurity. Then Chuyia, a bewildered 8-year-old who doesn't even remember being married, arrives and upsets everything. Madhumati, the head of the house; Shakuntala, an assistant to a local holy man; and quiet, gorgeous Kalyani are all moved--in very different ways--by her arrival. For these women, the question remains: how far--and for how long--can this cruel injustice be continued in the name of tradition?
System Details Note:
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround; anamorphic widescreen presentation, aspect ratio 2.35:1.
Language Note:
In Hindi with optional subtitles in English or Spanish; closed-captioned.
Awards Note:
Winner, 2006 Genie Awards for Best performance by an actress in a leading role: Seema Biswas; Best achievement in cinematography: Giles Nuttgens; Best achievement in music - original score: Mychael Danna.
Subject: Widows > India > Drama.
Widowhood > India > Drama.
Widows (Hindu law) > Drama.
Repentance > Drama.
Love > Drama
India > Drama.
Genre: Melodrama.
Feature films.
Foreign films.
Motion pictures, Hindi.
Feature films > India.
Feature films > Canada.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

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