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Ship of Theseus2012

  • 4.1
If the parts of a ship are replaced, bit-by-bit, is it still the same ship? A celebrated experimental photographer struggles with the loss of her intuitive genius as an unexpected aftermath of a physical change; an intellectual monk confronting a complex ethical dilemma with a long held ideology, has to choose between principle and death; and a young stockbroker, following the trail of a stolen kidney, learns how intricate morality could be. These disparate characters manifest philosophical dilemmas in their personal lives, but their narratives converge to reveal an even larger fabric of connections, meaning, beauty, existence and death in a delicately poetic finale.

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A great portrayal of Indian culture

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Such a mystifying and strange experience is Ship of Theseus that I couldn't believe it was over when the credits came up. The Indian subcontinent is truly a world unto itself. The cultural divide I experienced first hand in this film left me almost flabbergasted. Even though it is in English mostly, often with the inclusion of a particular Mumbai dialect , the subtitles in English of the English and Hindi are crucial to understand what is going on. At times, I felt like I was watching something from another planet. And yet, the three characters (the blind photographer, the philosopher monk and the businessman) are totally recognizable, confronting issues that have so much impact on the mind and heart that you can't look away. There is such a fusion of cultures here, such an immediacy of existential problem states that I have to watch it again to make sure I heard what I think I heard, what I know I saw. This can often be a problem in foreign films. But it is more than that. It is the surprising way these three main characters respond to their existences that re-invites this scrutiny. It is not that you don't get it, but that you are genuinely taught how to think and feel from inside another's cultural perspective. Never have I found myself totally engaged in a story and yet completely separate. They are completely memorable, realized personalities engaged in very compelling situations. I was fascinated from start to finish in the way they accepted and assumed their situations. the acting is pitch perfect. You won't regret this encounter with modern India.

An intricate piece of cinematic brilliance, boxing together myriad emotions and thoughts, portraying the urban India in a never before seen perspective. There is a lot of zen inherent to this film, all coming together to create a heartwarming response and resonance.