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The Mystic Masseur [DVD] [2002]

Om Puri , James Fox , Ismail Merchant    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Om Puri, James Fox, Aasif Mandvi, Ayesha Dharker, Jimi Mistry
  • Directors: Ismail Merchant
  • Writers: Caryl Phillips, V.S. Naipaul
  • Producers: Anthony Maharaj, George Darley-Doran, Lawrence Duprey, Nayeem Hafizka, Paul Bradley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009KOYJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,988 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Set amidst the large and prosperous Indian community in mid-20th century Trinidad, 'The Mystic Masseur' is a magical, bittersweet fable about Ganesh (Aasif Mandvi), a young aspiring author whose unexpected talents as a healer bring him local fame and enable him to realise his ambitions as a writer. But he also realises his limitations when his reputation as the legendary "mystic masseur" propels him to national renown and draws him far from his roots and his true self. Featuring touching and comical performances from the great Om Puri (White Teeth), Jimi Mistry (The Guru), Ayesha Dharker (Bombay Dreams) and Sanjeev Bhaskar (The Kumars), the story of 'The Mystic Masseur' allows us a rare insight into the warmth and humour of the characters' lives as the Indian community on Trinidad began to grow and prosper.

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE RISE AND FALL OF A PUNDIT... 4 Sep 2003
This is an unusual Merchant/Ivory film that focuses on the Indian community of Trinidad from 1943 to about 1954. It focuses in particular upon a young teacher, who takes a wife, outfoxes her wily, grasping father, and lives in the country, desiring only to write books. Still, he has to earn a living, so he becomes a masseur, which is not a masseuse, but rather, a healer. He also writes a books on Hinduism, which he publishes himself. He becomes known as the Mystic Masseur and develops a country wide following.
His book and those books that follow are quickly bought up by a now adoring public who revere him as a Pundit. A brief career in politics soon follows, only for him to discover that an adoring public can turn fickle. The film meanders along, as does this pundit's life. With first rate cinematography and stellar performances by the entire cast, this is a very good, though unusual, film. Those who are interested in other cultures will find this film of some interest. If you are not so inclined, deduct one star from my review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars They Tried! 8 Jun 2009
By Coceyea
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The DVD was close to the book, but it would have been better if they had gotten actors from the West Indies as the British actors struggled to keep the accents (the actresses did well). The movie appears to rush through the story, and there was no flow like in the book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, dull, dull 16 April 2009
By Han Key
This promised much: Strong cast, director, Merchant Ivory production, but delivered little.

The main problem being that the film is incredibly slow, painfully so. To the point where you are tempted to turn off.

Only reason to not turn off is the fine work of the extras - particuarly at the train station for the opening sequence and the closing scenes in the public house.
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