With his willingness to continually tackle new subjects in a variety of different styles, Michael Winterbottom has built one of the most fascinating and eclectic filmographies of any British director. Trishna
, his India-set modernization of Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles, is no exception.
The movie stars Freida Pinto as the title character, a poor citizen in Rajasthan who lives with her very large family. One day, thanks to a variety of circumstances, she meets Jay (Riz Ahmed), the son of a hotel mogul who has ordered him to learn the business. Jay hires Trishna to work at the establishment, allowing her to send a great deal of money hom...