This modern interpretation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel, “Tess of the D’Urbervilles,” tells the tragic story of Trishna (Freida Pinto), a woman whose life is destroyed by a combination of love and circumstances. Set in contemporary India, Trishna was directed by Michael Winterbottom and filmed in Jaipur and Mumbai.
Trishna, the daughter of an auto rickshaw owner, lives with her family in a village in Rajasthan, and works at a nearby resort to help the family make ends meet. Jay (Riz Ahmed) is the wealthy and privileged son of a British property developer who has come to India to work in his father’s hotel business.
After the two young people’s paths cross at a dance, Jay works hard to win Trishna’s affection. Eventually Trishna goes to work for Jay, they fall in love, and they move to Mumbai where they can live as a couple. Soon their paradise is shattered, as they face the pressures of family and societal bonds. A haunting exploration of emotional dependence, Trishna examines the tension between codes of urban and rural life, and of the disparities between privilege and poverty.
An IFC Film, Trishna is set for limited U.S. release on July 13, 2012. The drama is rated R, for sexuality, some violence, drug use and language.