Gangor -- Film Review
ROME -- A political film, “Gangor” (also known as “Behind the Bodice”), doesn’t skirt the genre’s pitfalls yet director Italo Spinelli manages to rein in the story and decidedly handsome cast from simple political pamphleteering. He creates a moving if technically patchy personal account of the mass rape of India’s poor, tribal women whose voices are rarely, if ever, heard.
Shot on digital, the images are sometimes clean, sometimes crude, but the uneven look of the Italian-Indian co-production shouldn’t hurt its art-house life in the West, where festival play is a given after the thundering audience reaction in Rome. Yet while the cast comprises all Indian, U.K. and U.S. actors of Indian descent, it remains to be seen whether this independent exposé of a very real problem can find an off-Bollywood niche.
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