Friday, April 4 2014, 12:03 PM MDT
Movie Review: The Lunchbox
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Ritesh Batra
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Genre: Drama, Romance
Recommended To: Those looking for a pleasant foreign film.
Synopsis: Mumbai’s lunchbox delivery system is something of legend, but when a lunchbox is inadvertently delivered to the wrong person a lonely housewife and an older withdrawn businessman create a fantasy world together by exchanging lunchbox letters.
Review: I unfortunately missed The Lunchbox at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where the general consensus was that the film was a delightful and lighthearted romance that was a pleasant diversion from some of the heavier or edgy films that were in the festival. Those initial impressions feel spot on as the film simply presents a pleasant story filled with warmth and humor. Running beneath the soft exterior is a social critique that explores a person’s need for attention and purpose. Ila, the housewife, is desperate for physical and emotional connection while Saajan, the businessman, finds very little to look forward to in his quickly approaching retirement. Their relationship is based upon a need of fulfillment, but it is a fragile friendship built upon fantasy. A temporary oasis that may prove to be only a mirage of what they truly need.
-Ryan Michael Painter