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  • If you really care about aesthetics and have been hungering for something that will satiate your finer sensibilities -- battered by now, by the relentless onslaught of kitsch -- you must grab a dekko...

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  • It stays with you. Although the tempo is excruciatingly slow and the screenplay repeats lines of dialogue as if they had been written by a squawking parrot, the result is limned with that near-extinct quality in cinema – humaneness.

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  • It's a lilting fairytale, and like all fantasies, the unlikeness of the premise is striking. But then Aparna Sen doesn’t call this her love poem for nothing.

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  • It's like sitting by the river at night, watching the sun set. Watch it and weep.

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  • Aparna Sen has taken a difficult subject and created a lyrical, rooted film, full of tender moments, whimsy and pathos.

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  • The minutiae of this lyrical film are not something you will find if you look for it in a hurry. Sit back, let the film draw you into its languorous beauty. You will be happy you found the time to do so.

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  • ...is an acquired taste. But if you’re the type of viewer who is willing to sacrifice pacing for poignance, I recommend you go for it.

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  • ...an emotional journey that keeps you hooked for its sheer novel story.

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  • ...a tribute to love in its purest form and a tribute to the lost art of writing letters as well.

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  • In it’s most effective parts, the beautifully-lensed `The Japanese Wife’ is like a haiku, saying a lot without underlining too much, a rare thing in our movies.

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  • There is no denying the fact that The Japanese Wife gets bogged down by its indulgent pace. But stay with it and you will be rewarded.

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  • There is enough to dwell on and smile at, but this Wife is an insipid woman, one with bright eyes and a pretty smile and not nearly enough to actually say. She's refreshingly pleasant, but a large part of sitting down to tea with her will involve looking at your watch and pretending to be interested.

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  • ...is engaging and emotive only in parts and not profound enough to linger on in your mind.

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  • ...is wonderfully shot, reasonably well enacted, and is sure enough, long (or slow) as hell. Such elements individually draw attention toward themselves because, quite frankly, the script sucks.

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  • It is not often that you see films that you can truly call a labour of love, and even if that is its undoing- there is no question about the fact that this one is straight from the heart.

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  • What could have been a poignant and haunting tale of love, under- standing and marriage between two people from different cultures and countries ends up being just a misconstructed series of verbal exchanges on the soundtrack...

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  • ...doesn't come with any scope whatsoever.

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