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Saw For the First Time 2012: Monsoon Wedding

IMDB Synopsis: A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.

Sounds like a romantic comedy with a little multiculturalism ala’ My Big Fat Greek Wedding, doesn’t it? Nope. There is romance and hilarity to be sure, but this film has substance. It asks some important questions about culture, love, loyalty and family secrets. In fact there are some issues that are raised that are quite dark (I refrain from spoilers here). We have the collision of cultures, expats and nations and even religious plurality in the mix, plus it is very fun to watch. Nadir’s conclusions are at times progressive and others, quite traditional giving the film nuance which is so often lacking in Hollywood fare. There are so many interesting ideas swirling here, than any further discussion makes it dangerous that I give too much away. Just go see the movie!  Mira Nair is a director to keep your eye on.

Sells Scale: Buy

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