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Not Chappelle's best work. There were some good bits, but the grumpy-40-something world-has-passed-me-by stuff that was kind of the central motif was just not that interesting.
Really powerful story overall, and I loved the dynamics between the female characters of different ages. Chuyia's character is great -- obviously dealing with a lot of horror in her life, but played in such a way that the survival and moments of joy and quickening interest stand out. The movie is at its best when it's refusing to be a tragedy and refusing a heroic happy ending, exploring the way these characters keep living after immense hardships.
I could have done without the overwhelming, iconic version of Gandhi. The young, Brahmin law student who kind of serves as a stand-in for Gandhi's politics throughout the movie also kind of serves as a savior figure who doesn't have much nuance. These characters are relatively depoliticized, to the extent that they are presented as the only alternative to backwardness; the shining future of India. Comparatively, the women were sapped of agency when next to them. The imagery was overpowering and kind of choking: the train going into the future, while Shakuntala is looking back to the past.