2011 R 1h 57m DVD


2011 R 1h 57m DVD
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Raised in rapidly changing rural India, well-educated Trishna is torn between cultural tradition and her own desires when she falls in love with a British businessman who has returned to India to work in his family's hotel business.
Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Roshan Seth, Meeta Vasisht, Harish Khanna, Leela Madhauram, Pratiksha Singh, Neet Mohan, Sam Hastings
Michael Winterbottom
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Trishna is a re-working of Thomas Hardy's classic novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles, set in modern-day India. It's about a poor woman who becomes a tragic victim after being trapped in a relationship with a wealthy man. There's some isolated bloody violence, as well a car crash and uncomfortable sex scenes that border on rape. There's no nudity, but plenty of obvious sex acts between the two lead characters. Language is very infrequent, but one minor character uses several swear words in the space of one scene, including "f--k," and a song is heard that repeats the word "bitch." Characters drink and smoke cigarettes socially (and, it's suggested, smoke pot as well). The film is dry and depressing, and though some Thomas Hardy fans may admire it, many teens won't be interested.

Sexual Content

No nudity, but lots of kissing and several obvious sex acts between the two lead characters. At first, the sex is consensual, but eventually it becomes more one-sided as the woman unwillingly gives in to the man's urges. A man reads the "Kama Sutra"; viewers see a couple of pictures. A woman talks about having an abortion.


Two characters are stabbed, with some spurting blood. One character commits suicide. There are sex scenes that border on rape (the woman is upset and/or in pain). There's also a car crash with a little blood. Also various scenes of tension and/or arguing.


Language is infrequent, but in one scene, a character uses "f--k" three times, as well as "hell," "son of a bitch," and "bastard." In an opening scene, characters listen to a song that includes "bitch," repeated several times in the lyrics.

Social Behavior

Trishna is about dealing with the problem of poverty, but it doesn't suggest any positive or helpful methods; everything the characters do is tragic, selfish, and depressing.


A Corona beer is shown, and a Levi's billboard can be seen in a cityscape shot.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters are seen drinking socially (cocktails or beer) and smoking cigarettes. In one scene, some men pass around a cigarette that's probably pot, but nothing is mentioned, and there are no druggy effects.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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