Fire

Fire

DVD - 2006
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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 and [falls] into the supple embrace of Radha."--Container.
Publisher: New York : Sevill Pictures, c2006.
ISBN: 9781567302240
1567302246
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 30, 2015

Having recently watched director Deepa Mehta’s recent film, Midnight’s Children (adapted from the Salman Rushdie novel), I decided to watch this earlier Mehta film “Fire.” Knowing absolutely nothing about it, I was completely absorbed by what was going on on the screen. I had no knowledge until looking at the extra features that this film caused actual riots and theatre damage when it was shown in an art theatre in Mombay. It is an excellent film with very fine acting and cinematography. It explores many of the Hindu traditions about the relations between the sexes.

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0cho
Jan 27, 2015

This is a very good movie on traditions in India. Definitely read the controversy section on the DVD. I found the quality of the DVD to be poor, bad picture and sound quality. If you are into expanding your interests this movie is for you.

avisualfeel Sep 05, 2013

Excellent film by Deepa Mehta. Like all her films she slowly builds the drama in a skillful manner and then shows her audience what they are sometimes afraid to face in a matter of fact style. Almost as if to say,"... and what else did you expect?"

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pepa2010
Jun 29, 2013

What a Fantastic movie!

I havent watch a movie like this in years.

it makes me think how do you overcome your own desires in a society with such high morals and narrow minded.
I read an article about this that said and quote "Prior to 1859 (british empire) lesbianism in pre-modern times was not only accepted in India but honored"

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re_discover
Oct 11, 2012

I think that this film is so obsessed with being symbolic that the plot suffers.
Biji represents tradition, ringing the bell as a symbol of conscience each time she sees or hears about an inappropriate act.
At the end of the film, Radha is put through the fire test, just as the goddess Sita was by the Lord Ram, but Radha burns for her sins.
While I can appreciate the lack of choice and overall freedom Mehta whats to illustrate in the film, I do not feel that the film accurately represents current life in India.

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GHN
Sep 08, 2012

In the above "Notes", it stated "Packaged for an English audience",
but there is no English subtitle! In the movie, I could hear a few English words, not even in complete sentences.

The DVD case has some English phrases. It may be why the DVD was "Packaged for an English audience"!

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ausnos
Jun 08, 2012

This is one of those powerful, symbolic films that really makes you "feel" and to think. It also contained a mixture of different emotions that went well with the storyline. Like the film "Water", this too contained a lot of its elemental symbolism. I guess lesbianism, or at least the passion in which it encompasses, possesses a lot of fiery tendencies, at least for the characters Radha and Sita. One could go on to talk more in depth about such things but I'll end that discussion here. Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with this film and its cast!

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kwarah
Oct 18, 2011

Every society & every culture is DESIGNED & CRAFTED to sets of formulas, where people are DESIGNATED to live by & die for.

Since eternity, every "RELIGION & CULTURE" all over the world has scorned & condemned homosexuality as unforgivable sin.

Through out human history, many homosexuals have been EXTERMINATED, LYNCHED, KILLED, DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, CONDEMNED, ALIENATED & FORCED TO COMMIT SUICIDE.

And then comes , challenging & breaking the sets of formulas of every society, shaking the roots of the old culture, creating backlash between the old & new, just like every VOLCANO creates new & fresh soil from the belly bottom of the OLD ground.

Understandably, this VERY EXCELLENT EXPLOSIVE FILM, produced by Indian women, confronting society is CERTAINLY going to shake the old "culture".

After all, OLD HABITS DIE HARD.

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JohnFDavidson
Jan 03, 2011

At the core of the movie is a lesbian relationship, however the importance of that is to illustrate the role of women in India. They are second class citizens, at the mercy of men who use them or abuse them. In the director's commentary she comments on the role of women in Bollywood film and it hit a nerve--few of them really show women as with a role independent of their relation to men. Well told and well presented. Aside from the lesbian relationship which is not too graphic, there are two scenes of masturbation, that although not too graphic might be as offensive.

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jhelps
Nov 13, 2010

I am sure the video would have been great, however I couldn't get the English subtitles to work on my laptop...

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Jun 08, 2012

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re_discover
Oct 11, 2012

Jatin to Sita: "You can leave me if you want, but I understand that life can be hell for a divorced woman....The other option is, uh, we would have a baby. We could work on that, of course. You see, the baby would kind of keep you occupied and happy, I think. Well, the choice is yours."

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