And those settings seem in large part the point. Winterbottom's last movie, a feature version of his television series The Trip, also at Tribeca, was a north England travelogue, a profile of a region through its food, lodgings, and roads; likewise, Trishna is a portrait of present-day India, packed with regional color, the country's diverse landscapes captured in wide frames: the wheat fields, the ancient temple, the luxurious countryside hotel; the ceremonious dances, the domesticated animals, the wild monkeys climbing across power lines; the traffic-clogged city, the dusty villages, and all roads in between. (There are a lot of montages; you can tell the director shot much more documentary footage of India than he was able to use.) Winterbottom has always been difficult to pin down as an auteur; he works in a variety of genres and styles. In the last 20 years, he's also worked in a variety of geographic locales. His previous Hardy adaptations have been set in England and the American West; consider the subcontinent checked off that list.
Trishna has its Tribeca debut this evening, and plays again tomorrow evening. More info here.
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