Indian director Rohena Gera expertly mixes a nuanced tale of forbidden love and self-realization with a sharp class study in her narrative debut, which premiered at the Cannes Critics' Week sidebar earlier this year. Recently widowed, Ratna (Tillotama Shome) decides to move from her small rural village to take a job in the big city as a live-in housekeeper for Ashwin (Vivek Gomber), an architect from an upper-crust Mumbai family. When Ashwin is jilted by his equally upper-crust fiancé, he spends time working and brooding in his apartment and slowly builds a connection with Ratna, who has big dreams and a quiet but infectious sense of optimism. As the pair connect, however, unspoken — and spoken — class and gender barriers come into play, and Ratna's ambitions and hopes are thrown into jeopardy. DIR/SCR/PROD Rohena Gera; PROD Brice Poisson. India/France, 2018, color, 99 min. In English and Hindi with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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