A widow should be long suffering until death, self-restrained and chaste.
A virtuous wife who remains chaste when her husband has died goes to heaven.
A woman who is unfaithful to her husband is reborn in the womb of a jackal.

- The Laws of Manu, Chapter 5 verse 156-161, Dharamshastras (Sacred Hind texts)

Set in 1938 Colonial India, against the backdrop of Mahatma Gandhi’s rise to power, the story begins when eight-year-old Chuyia is widowed and sent to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence. Chuyia’s feisty presence affects the lives of the other residents, including a beautiful young widow, who falls for a Gandhian idealist.

Deepa Mehta’s Water is a magnificent film. The ensemble acting of the women in the widows’ hostel is exceptional: intimate, painful, wounded, jaundiced, corrupted, tender, tough. The fluid lyricism of the camera provides an unsettling contrast to the arid difficulties of the characters’ lives. The film has serious, challenging things to say about the crushing of women by atrophied religious and social dogmas, but, to its great credit, it tells its story from inside its characters, rounding out the human drama of their lives, and unforgettably touching the heart.
— Salman Rushdie
Water combines a humanist message, political courage and visual poetry in a way not seen since the death of Satyajit Ray. It is the finest Indian film for a generation.
— The Economist
The film is lovely in the way Satvaiit Ray’s films are lovely. It sees poverty and deprivation as a condition of life, not an exception to it, and finds beauty in the souls of its characters.
— Roger Ebert, Sun Times
Water takes us back to a shocking world that, more shockingly still, has not entirely vanished.
— Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
Director Deepa Mehta has concocted a potent mix of politics, historical conflict, religion and philosophical questioning... Mehta weaves a compelling tale with cinematic beauty and spoken wit…
— Susan Walker, Toronto Star
It was worth the wait – and the fight – to immerse ourselves in this Water… this is a major work by a major filmmaker…
— Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine

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