synopsis
Raised in a sheltered village, young Lila yearns for a life devoted to Hindu worship, like that of her mother. But soon she begins to encounter worldly obstacles to her spiritual fulfillment. Guileless, Lila agrees to model for a lowly village boy who hopes to become a sculptor, but she soon attracts the attention of the village landlord’s son, as well as the ever-present gaze of the villagers, unknowingly endangering both of their lives. Khyentse Norbu follows up his internationally-awarded The Cup and Travellers and Magicians with this buoyant look at one young woman’s transition into adulthood. Accented by mesmerizing bursts of classical Indian dance, haunting vocals, and vivid Hindu fantasyscapes, the film stars Indian actress Shahana Goswami.

-Frederic Boyer
Raised in a sheltered village, young Lila yearns for a life devoted to Hindu worship, like that of her mother. But soon she begins to encounter worldly obstacles to her spiritual fulfillment. Guileless, Lila agrees to model for a lowly village boy who hopes to become a sculptor, but she soon attracts the attention of the village landlord’s son, as well as the ever-present gaze of the villagers, unknowingly endangering both of their lives. Khyentse Norbu follows up his internationally-awarded The Cup and Travellers and Magicians with this buoyant look at one young woman’s transition into adulthood. Accented by mesmerizing bursts of classical Indian dance, haunting vocals, and vivid Hindu fantasyscapes, the film stars Indian actress Shahana Goswami.

-Frederic Boyer
film information

Year: 2014

Length: 96

Year: 2014

Directed by: Khyentse Norbu

Language: English

Country: #

Premiere: North American

cast & credits

Director: Khyentse Norbu

Director: Khyentse Norbu

Screenwriter: Khyentse Norbu

Producer: Nanette Nelms

Editor: William Chang

Cinematographer: Bradford Young

Executive Producer: Elizabeth Cuthrell, David Urrutia, Jeremy Thomas, Suresh Jindal

Composer: Nitin Sawhney

Cast: Shahana Goswami, Devesh Ranjan, Rohit Raj, Pankaj Pawan, Geeta Chandran, Swaroopa Ghoosh, Rajah Ganneshan