Contemporary World Cinema | 2017 | 86 minutes
Stranger Says: Set in contemporary Bangladesh, this is the story of a man, and a marriage, and a family. Irrfan Khan is wonderful (as always!) as Javed, a well-known film director whose unhappiness and restlessness and weakness tear his family apart when he chooses to be with his daughter’s classmate over his life with his wife and family. His daughter Saberi especially is set adrift as she grapples with her father’s choices and her love for him and her loyalty to her mother. Even though it is based on a real-life scandal, the film is thoughtful and shows the real pain of being human and the consequences of hurting those we love.
SIFF Says:Sustained with pale, gray, and neutral tones, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s sixth feature film, NO BED OF ROSES is a heartrending film that depicts one man’s tragic attempt to safeguard his loved ones while thoughtlessly abdicating his heart to another woman. Javad Hasan (Irrfan Khan, LIFE OF PI) is a famed movie director experiencing a midlife crisis: Unable to love his kind but acquiescent wife, Maya (Rokeya Prachy), Hasan marries a high school youth who happens to attend the same school as his daughter. As news of Hasan’s relationship with Nitu (Parno Mittra) trickles into the public, Hasan’s daughter, Saberi (Nusrat Imrose Tisha), pivots between sorrow and grief while Maya retreats further and further away from the world into embittered silence. Hasan struggles to mend the severed ties he’s created with his family, transforming him into a man that is hurt, broken, and above all else, helpless. Filmed with deliberate and intentional pacing against the metropolitan sprawl of Dhaka and the lush landscapes of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, NO BED OF ROSES is not only visually beautiful, but is also filled with multiple subtleties expressed through refined moments of silence and distilled colors. Farooki once again utilizes his masterful skills as filmmaker to explore themes of individual frailty that’ll leave audiences breathless and mesmerized.
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