Trishna (Freida Pinto, Slumdog Millionaire) lives with her family in a village in Rajasthan, India‘s largest state. As the eldest daughter, she works in a nearby resort to help pay the bills. Jay (Riz Ahmed, Four Lions) is the wealthy son of a property developer. When he takes up managing a resort at his father‘s request, he meets Trishna at a dance and their fates cross. Jay finds every opportunity to win Trishna‘s affection and she accepts his efforts with shy curiosity. But when the two move to Mumbai and become a couple, Jay‘s deep family bond threatens the young lovers‘ bliss. Based on Thomas Hardy‘s classic novel Tess of the D‘Ubervilles, master filmmaker Michael Winterbottom‘s (A Mighty Heart, The Trip) latest film is a powerful look at the tension between ancient privilege and modern equality, between codes of urban and rural life, and ultimately a hymn to both the glory and the tragedy that comes with beauty in all its forms.
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