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The Journey [2004] [DVD]

Suhasini V Nair , Shrruiti Menon , Ligy J Pullappally    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Suhasini V Nair, Shrruiti Menon, KPAC Lalitha, Valsala Menon, Syam Seethal
  • Directors: Ligy J Pullappally
  • Producers: Ligy J Pullappally
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Malayalam
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Millivres
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KN8Q8U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,467 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Award-winning Indian drama telling the story of two young women from an idyllic rural village: the studious and reserved Kiran (Suhasini V Nair,) and her lifelong best friend Delilah (Shrruiti Menon). When the two women fall in love, the village is engulfed by scandal and Delilah's mother forces her into an arranged marriage in an attempt to put an end to the relationship.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Romantic and unusual 12 Jun 2007
By Jamazon
I was wary of hiring this but needn't have been, it's very sweet. As it's a subtitled film, I thought I'd struggle as it can be wearing trying to keep up with the dialogue whilst following the action. The gentle pace of the film helps make this easier to accomplish though. I enjoyed the scenery and cinematography, forgiving the occasional poor quality editing and visible editing marks as it seemed to add a quaint and old-fashioned air to the film.

This is culturally very disturbing territory for me as I don't understand unwilling marriage nor condone homophobia. However, the story was simple, and elegantly told with wonderful flashes of tolerance from the grandmother character.

A credible story, well-cast and visually satisfying.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 6 Aug 2007
The technical quality of this film was not great though I wondered if this was linked with the DVD itself. However, I got the impression that it was filmed longer ago than 2004. That said, I enjoyed the film - I agree with a previous review that the grandmother's role was inspiring. It would have been good if her role had been capitalised on a bit more. In many ways it was quite a sad film, though not quite of the 'tragic lesbian' stereotype we have seen in other films. I liked the slow pace as it allowed the relationship between the two main characters to develop as you would expect - first as childhood friends, then as teenagers/young adults and blossoming into an intimate relationship. The developing relationship was often heartwarming and you obtained a real insight into the cultural difficulties that then overshadowed their relationship and the attitudes of others, particulalry their respective families.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really interesting discovery 6 Jan 2013
I came across The Journey whilst looking at other Peccadillo releases, and have to say that I am pleased I watched this. It's a simple premise about two girls who fall in love in a traditional Indian village, but their relationship is frowned upon and causes scandal. One of the girls is then forced to partake in an arranged marriage, which causes heartbreak for the other.

It's a beautiful film, and it really hasn't aged, but I am looking forward to seeing the remastered version on this release.

Certainly worth a watch, if anything, to explore the taboos in society but really there is so much more to explore in this film.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Krishna, You Do Not Know Me" ~ Transcending Country And Culture 5 Mar 2006
By Brian E. Erland - Published on
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Note: Malayalam with English subtitles.

A timeless tale about two souls that awaken to love but have the misfortune of being of the same gender in a country and culture hostile to such "unnatural feelings." Kiran (Susahini V. Nair) and Delilah (Sharauiti Menon) are two naturally beautiful, exotic young women with the most expressive, enchanting faces ever captured on film. They are absolutely magical together.

My favorite sequence in the film is Kiran's mystical dream of Delilah dancing in a darkend room. Like Kali in her most compassionate and desirable form, Delilah flashes in and out of the shadows as the drum beat intensifies. Delilahs' movements combined with the music and her transfixed facial expression is mesmerizing. Upon awakening in a cold sweat Kiran is now fully aware that her affection for Delilah is more that just friendship.

In contrast to such interior dream images, the cinematography of the mundane world surrounding the two lovers is bright, vibrant and textured. The sight of these two exotic and graceful native beauties moving hand and hand across the lush, tropical Indian landscape is a wonder to behold. Complimented by an equally impressive soundtrack you will soon find yourself lost within the story and terrain. Whether you're sympathetic to the subject matter or not, the pure, deep felt emotion Kiran and Delilah share for each other will touch your soul and transcend any personal judgement on the subject.

Beautiful, Poetic, Sensitive and unexpectedly Mystical, get ready to enjoy a nearly flawless production!

My Highest Recommendation!!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic Indian film turns lesbian! 28 Mar 2006
By queer movie lover - Published on
Like the controversial and mesmerizing film "Fire," "The Journey" captures a love story that few Indian films ever have. It's a compelling and beautiful story of two young women -- two childhood friends raised in a village that thrives on tradition -- who fall in love. With beautiful scenery, a provocative

look into the conflicts of love and cultural tradition, and a simply touching tale of two people falling in love, "The Journey" is a most-enjoyable watch.

Kiran and Delilah are both stunning young women approaching the end of high school. While their parents are busy thinking about arranging the girls' marriages, and the local boys are concentrating on finding their wives, Kiran and Delilah embark on their own path toward toward love and happiness.....with

each other. Finding conflict with not only their families and village, the girls are forced to deal with a love that they have always thought sinful.

Provocative and sensitive, political and beautiful, "The Journey" joins a small group of films that bring queer love into a traditional eastern story.
27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you longing for what it could have been . . . 22 April 2006
By Rose - Published on
If you've watched "Fire" directed by Deepa Metha, and are expecting "The Journey" to be something that could begin to transcend the beauty and depth of "Fire", then you will be sorely disappointed. While the actresses were beautiful to watch, this movie left much to be desired. The story was choppy at best and did not flow well at all. I have never had a problem with subtitles as long as the story moves me, but at the end there will be too many unanswered questions that you're left with. There simply was not enough time spent on the development of the two central characters, not enough to make you feel that they were in love. One of the central characters is a writer/poet, but only for a few seconds do we get to relish in those words which could have helped the audience feel all the more closer to the love story itself. While what fleeting romance we did get to see was tasteful and tender, there was not one kissing scene. I have never needed sex scenes to be convinced, but for that single notion of that romantic first kiss. I felt cheated. For those of you who know the movie "Fire", the ending was everything! Everything they captured in the end of "Fire"-cinematography, the location, the rain, the powerful music that left you with chills down your spine, and the feeling that you couldn't move or breathe because what you experienced was so incredibly beautiful and transcendent. When you watch "The Journey", you will want to watch "Fire" again to appreciate what a stunning work of art "Fire" still is to this day, it's unsurpassed. "The Journey" is worth a run through once for comparison, but not much else.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daring and beautiful 22 Sep 2007
By A. Mohan - Published on
'Sancharam' is a small gem in Indian cinema; it might well go unnoticed by many, and indeed, given its subject, there might well be a conspiracy for its erasure. For the movie is a daring look at same-sex desire, and unlike Deepa Mehta's 'Fire' - whose failures, for this reviewer, lay in not allowing lesbian desire a discourse of self-legitimacy - this movie speaks of women's desire as a matter of choice. Here are two girls falling in young love, not because of a bad husband, or a failed marriage, or as some sophomoric experiment in 'freak' love, but well and truly recognizing both the possibilities and limits of their transgressive passion. The movie is beautifully shot - its opening sequences are some of the best ever!
Lesbians or lesbian well-wishers might find the plot of 'Sanchaaram' somewhat of a letdown, but the director's vision is firmly realist. It is unlikely that lebian women can enjoy full sexual freedom in Kerala, like they do in places like, say, Toronto. Kerala society, while overall traditionally matrilineal and forward-thinking with regard to women's status and position, nonetheless remains deeply unaccommodating of subversive sexual mores and sticks by its own spins of heterosexism and patriarchy. In this sense, the movie's plot makes sense, but that may still not please our need to find feminist heroines in our art. Be that as it may, 'Sancharam' is an audacious experiment for India in real cinema - and is a refreshing addition to Malayalam art in general.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film ! 19 Mar 2012
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The Journey is one of the most beautiful, dream like, films I have seen. I had no idea what the film was about, I just love Indian movies. I was not looking for a "lesbian theme ", But this is one of the most romantic love stories ever !
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