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dominic
10-03-2005, 10:57 AM
thought i'd mention this film in connection with the maya/m.i.a. threads over in the music section . . . .

"the terrorist" is an indian film, directed by Santosh Sivan, that was released in 1998 and is loosely based on the assassination of rajiv gandhi . . . . it's in the Tamil language w/ English subtitles . . . . one of the most beautiful and profound films i've ever seen . . . . everything about it is perfect, the acting, the cinematography, the script, the pacing (which is slow but properly suited to the subject matter)

very meditative, very interiorized, and w/o easy judgment

perhaps the closest western film analogue i can think of is films by claire denis

here's a link to the dvd of the film at amazon.com --

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00004Z1FK/qid=1110455351/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-8818183-6807001?v=glance&s=dvd