1954, the Malabar Coast. British and Anglo-Indian identities blur when an English-woman with a neglectful husband births a sickly baby. Cotton Mary, a hospital aide and moralizing Anglophile who claims her father was a British officer, takes over the infant's care and, without a word to the mother, takes the baby daily to her sister to nurse. Mary moves into the English household, taking over more and more duties as she plays on the mother's fatigue and lack of spousal counsel: in effect, Mary colonizes the English household while she pilfers its stores and tells tall tales to her own family. For how long can Mary sustain her rule before the Englishwoman stands on her own feet?Written by
As Theresa is walking along with the procession she passes an Indian boy in the crowd who waves at the camera. See more »
In the theatrical version, the scene when Rosie (Sakina Jaffrey) and John (James Wilby) have sex and are caught by Mary (Madhur Jaffrey) at 1:43, Rosie is nude. In a version shown on the Sundance Channel, Rosie is wearing a slip during the entire scene. See more »
An Anglo-Indian nurse becomes sociopathically covetous of her British masters' lives in 1957 India
First of all, the worst and most misrepresentational cover art for any video, ever. The characters and fleshy situation depicted are incidental to the film.
A movie with an utterly unlikable protagonist, and no one to identify with or get behind as an audience member. It all ends up feeling as self-important as its title character. The only reason I didn't turn it off was that nothing was on television until after the tape ran out.
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