HELL OR HIGH WATER
2016, CBS Films, 102 min, Dir: David Mackenzie

Desperate to keep their family farm afloat, brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) turn to bank robbery. They’re pretty good at it – but a pursuing Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) is pretty good at his job, too. Taylor Sheridan’s Black List-winning script features well-drawn characters and a piercing take on Western ideals in an era of reverse mortgages. “A thrillingly good movie — a crackerjack drama of crime, fear and brotherly love set in a sun-roasted, deceptively sleepy West Texas that feels completely exotic for being so authentic.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety.


WATER
2005, Fox Searchlight, 117 min, Canada/India, Dir: Deepa Mehta

Eight-year-old Chuyia (Sarala Kariyawasam) is a child bride in India in 1938 when her husband dies; custom dictates that widows live out their lives in poverty and penitence. Sent to an ashram, her youthful presence galvanizes the other residents, inspiring one to - tragically - test the waters of love again. This poetic final film in director Deepa Mehta’s Elemental Trilogy earned well-deserved comparisons to the work of Satyajit Ray as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film. “Exquisite ... Shifting between romantic melodrama and spiritual inquiry, WATER flows with the simplicity of a fairy tale.” - Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times. In Hindi with English subtitles.


EARTH
1998, Hamilton Mehta Productions, 110 min, Canada/India, Dir: Deepa Mehta

The second in a series of three films based on the elements, EARTH is an achievement of epic scope. Set in 1947, as India heaves violently forward toward independence, the film examines the life of Lenny, a young girl with polio who has grown up in a wealthy, nonpartisan family, and who must contend with the deep divisions, both personal and religious, that are beginning to scar her country. In Hindi, Gujarati, Panjabi, and Urdu with English subtitles.


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