Fire (1996)

6.2/10 by 21 users

In a barren, arranged marriage to an amateur swami who seeks enlightenment through celibacy, Radha's life takes an irresistible turn when her beautiful young sister-in-law seeks to free herself from the confines of her own loveless marriage.

Release Date:September 6, 1996
Genres:Drama, Romance
Production Company:Kaleidoscope Entertainment, Trial by Fire Films
Production Countries:Canada, India
Director:Deepa Mehta
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Plot Keywords:wife husband relationship, infidelity, coming out, arranged marriage, hinduism, lesbian relationship, homosexuality, lesbian, india, lgbt, woman director
  • Worthwhile foreign film, good acting
    April 30, 2005

    A fairly interesting look at some characters from India's burgeoning middle class. Although India is rapidly modernizing, her culture is not keeping up. This film involves the patriarchal society, where women are not yet truly free citizens. A land of arranged marriages, men who dally with mistresses with total impunity, and women who are expected to tolerate all this, will eventually come up short. I was impressed with Nandita Das, who was quite attractive, and played her character with total earnestness. But I was even more impressed with Shabana Azmi, who I understand is a long-time fixture of Bollywood. Her quiet beauty and low-key psychic suffering was excellent. The lesbian subtext of this film was never particularly erotic, and never titillating. (Darn!) Worth a look for those interested in vastly different cultures.