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Bombay Rose

PG-13 2019 1h 33m Romance Drama Animation List
91% Tomatometer 23 Reviews 71% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
Escaping from child marriage, a young club dancer living in the streets of Bombay, must choose between fending for her family and finding love with a boy orphaned by the militancy. Painted frame by frame and woven delicately through music, a red rose brings together three tales of impossible loves. Love between two dreamers tested by duty and religious divides. Love between two women. Love of an entire city for its Bollywood stars. Based on true events, the film, in documentary fashion, explores the ruthlessness of a society where the love and life that reigns on the big screen can crush you in its mean streets. Read More Read Less
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Amy Nicholson New York Times The nostalgic ruminations of "Bombay Rose" have the feel of one of the vintage music boxes that an actress tuts over while talking to her dead co-star. The movie is lovely, but airless and bolted with scraps that barely hold together. Rated: B- Mar 18, 2021 Full Review Anupama Chopra Film Companion Bombay Rose is a potent mix of reality, imagination and fantasy. Mar 12, 2021 Full Review Randy Myers San Jose Mercury News Rao's storytelling isn't as strong as the visuals, but it is refreshing to have a new voice telling tales we don't hear about often enough. Rated: 3/4 Mar 4, 2021 Full Review Charles Hartford But Why Tho? A Geek Community If you are looking for something different visually to watch that delivers some emotion, Bombay Rose may deliver enough to make it worth catching. Rated: 6/10 Jan 16, 2023 Full Review JK Sooja Common Sense Media Bombay Rose is meditatively paced and there's not much to it, but it's visually delivered with color, culture, and beauty. Rated: 3/5 Mar 25, 2021 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation A simple parable that's a little hard to follow in a style best-described as under-animated Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 11, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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Mohak S The Romance in the Streets of Old Bombay is a film about a Muslim and a Hindu girl who fall in love while they're both doing their jobs.However, the way the plot is told and the backstories provided for the supporting cast members make this one interesting to watch. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/04/22 Full Review Anonymous K bg music is amazing Allover a wholesome experience Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 11/26/22 Full Review david l Bombay Rose is an Indian animated movie that is visually arresting and it features a terrific, evocative soundtrack. The film is artistically put together and culturally authentic, but it needed a more memorable story, better characters and stronger editing as the final product was too segmented and structurally disoriented. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Such a simple concept but beautifully executed. It describes the hedonistic feelings that falling in love can bring about, more importantly it feels so real even though it is animated. The film depicts modern day complexities of interfaith love and the challenges that come with it. Truly beautiful. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Bombay Rose - VIEWpoint and Vision By Maria Elena Gutierrez There is an idea posited by many philosophers that women think through their bodies. Filmmaker Gitanjali Rao explores this idea and others in her debut animated feature, Bombay Rose, which tells a story of forbidden love between young dancer Kamala and Salim, a Kashmiri orphan on the streets of Bombay. The power of the female gaze is evident throughout the film, and it is this that enables Rao to represent the mechanics of the world from a sensual, feminist perspective. For example, when Salim is bathing or dancing, we are aware that we are seeing him through Kamala's watching eyes. Rao plays constantly with point of view, notably when she tells her story from the perspective of a rose – which itself represents Kamala, thematically. Bombay Rose offers not only multiple viewpoints, but also a complex vision of reality itself through the hybrid use of different visual styles. Further, it fragments time, taking us from the linear reality of the everyday world into a space of dreams – into a stream of consciousness, you could say. Anything can happen in this realm of myth. Most critically, it is the one place where Kamala and Salim are able to express their love. Through its rich visuals, the film reminds us that reality is vibrant and complex – in particular the city of Bombay, with its busy markets filled with intense colors. Bombay Rosefurther explores the plurality of India. On the surface, the film shows how women have been traditionally considered as commercial transactions between men – Kamala was sold in marriage, for example. When we dig deeper, however, we realize that Kamala, Tara and Miss D'Souza – three generations of resourceful, powerful, imaginative women – are the characters who actually advance the story of Bombay Rose. These are Indian women who have agency, and who have a voice. Rao adds yet another layer of richness through her careful and effective use of music, most memorably when the story culminates in a tragic and sacrificial death, accompanied by the heart-wrenching Mexican song Cucurrucucú paloma – a song guaranteed to reduce me to tears at the best of times! Above all, Bombay Rose deals with people in poverty. However, when tackling this subject, Gitanjali Rao refuses to adopt a nihilistic stance, unlike many other filmmakers. In Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados, for example, or in a lot of Neorealist cinema, there is no redemption, only tragedy. Poverty brings fragility – it is part of being poor, a tragic dimension that you cannot escape from. But, even though Bombay Rose presents have-not characters from the poorest parts of the city, the film ultimately delivers a wonderful catharsis – a moment of rebirth, really. The final images are of an emancipated Kamala striding towards the camera, powerful and beautiful and assertive. The Brazilian author Jorge Amado wrote: "Sadness is a plant which is omnipresent in the garden of the poor." There is sadness in Bombay Rose, but the film's greatest strength is that, even in the face of death, it exists in celebration of life. Bombay Rose is released on Netflix on March 8, 2021, International Women's Day. Dr. Maria Elena Gutierrez is the CEO and executive director of VIEW Conference, Italy's premiere annual digital media conference. VIEW Conference is committed to bringing women's voices to the forefront in animation, visual effects and games. For more information about the VIEW 2021 program of events, visit the official website: http://viewconference.it Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member There are a lot of cultural references which go over my head, which is understandable as I am not the films intended audience. It was however unique, understandable (apart from the kidnapping of the child?) and a bit cliché (typical two people who can't love each other because of X). However for me, the animation style is hypnotic and incredibly well done which diversifies it and elevates it from the rest of the genre. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Escaping from child marriage, a young club dancer living in the streets of Bombay, must choose between fending for her family and finding love with a boy orphaned by the militancy. Painted frame by frame and woven delicately through music, a red rose brings together three tales of impossible loves. Love between two dreamers tested by duty and religious divides. Love between two women. Love of an entire city for its Bollywood stars. Based on true events, the film, in documentary fashion, explores the ruthlessness of a society where the love and life that reigns on the big screen can crush you in its mean streets.
Director
Gitanjali Rao
Producer
Rohit Khattar, Anand Mahindra
Screenwriter
Gitanjali Rao
Production Co
Cinestaan Film Company, Goldfinch Studios, Les Films d'ici
Rating
PG-13 (Thematic/Suggestive Material|Language|Some Violence|Smoking)
Genre
Romance, Drama, Animation
Original Language
Hindi
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 8, 2021
Runtime
1h 33m
Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.85:1)
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