(1999, col, 107 minutes)
DATE: Friday November 2. TIME: 3:30 p.m.
|SYNOPSIS: Two Indian sayings go as follows:
'a woman doesn't marry a husband, she marries a family', and,
'to be part of a family is to keep secrets'. Both are borne
out in this story of one East Indian family in Montreal. An
Indian widower finds Maarya, the "perfect" Indian girl for
his Canadian-born musician son. After the hastily arranged
marriage. He discovers that the home fires are not burning
as warmly as they should. Ignorant of the fact that his son
is gay, (lie father decides to teach him how to "seduce" and
fall in love with his wife. He ends up failing in love with
her himself. Before long he meets Maarya's brother, who has
come from India to visit. He soon discovers that the "perfect
Indian girl" is more "perfect" than she first seemed.
Hunt Hoe, a Montreal director-producer, works in film and
television. He produced and directed the 1996 half-hour documentary
Journey of Strings, a half-hour documentary on stringed music
from many countries, which was broadcast on the 'Bravo!' channel.
His first feature "Foreign Ghosts" (1997) was shown in festivals
around the world. He has also directed "Respect the Beat"(1999),
a documentary on drum music from Japan and Africa.
CAST: Nandana Sen, the daughter
of the Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen, is a Harvard
graduate who travels between Canada, USA, UK and India and calls
the world her home. She has acted in a number of Italian, Canadian
and Indian productions. Dr. Mohan Agashe is a distinguished actor
of Indian stage and film, well-known for his roles in "Gandhi"
and "Mississippi Masala". He is a professional psychiatrist
and the Director of the National Film and Television Institute
of India. Cas Anvar is a well-respected actor and artistic director
of the Shakespeare-in-the-Park theatre company in Montreal.
His most recent films include 'Afterglow' and 'The Adventures
of Marco Polo'.