Foreign Film Review: “Girl in Yellow Boots”
By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photo scenes from “The Girl in Yellow Boots”)
Within the exotic country of India, the lead actress twenty year old Ruth Edscer (lead actress Kalki Koechlin) traveled to Mumbai searching for her father. Making Ruth’s task even more difficult, she never met her father and didn’t have a picture of him but only knew his name was Benjamin Arjun Patel and that he worked as a photographer.
Ruth was drawn into the dark, seamy-side of India. What secrets will she unravel? What kind of man was her father and would he want to know her? Ruth felt a need to be with her father but was not aware of what dangers she would face.
Ruth kept meeting more people seeking the answers to finally to uncover her father’s secrets. Her life took a downward turn when she began to date a drug addict Prashant (Prashant Prakash).
Her determination and persistence opened doors that may have been better to leave closed. Without a work permit, she bribed the official and could only take a job as a masseuse. This brought her into contact with the underworld. It was sad to see all of the obstacles Ruth had to overcome but she kept going with hope. Ruth had not thought that her search might be difficult and did not realize what to expect.
Ruth discovered her father was a client of hers and most upsetting, he knew the she was his daughter. He belonged to a religious cult that views having sex with his daughter as an expression of his love. She needed someone but it was not him. He was cold, selfish and uninterested.
The film staggered along at a slow pace waiting for Ruth to find her father and the climax.
Kalki Koechlin was also co-wrote the film with Anurag Kashyap. Koechlin originally wanted to portray an optimistic film but Kashyap won with his theory “You don’t always get solutions to your problems”.
Kalki grew up as a white-skinned woman in India and wanted to portray some of the characters she remembered.
The Indian music background heightened the feeling of realism and the authenticity of the film.
The production was premiered at the Official Venice International Film Festival, 2010, Official Toronto International Film Festival, 2010 and Official Minneapolis Film Festival in St-Paul.
“She Wore Yellow Boots” can be found in DVD’s, 103 minutes, Dolby Sound, in English and Hindi. For the latest breaking news on THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS and other releases, follow Indie Pix Films.
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