Dil Se.. ★★★★½

revolutionary politics coiled tightly around romance like bloodstained barbed wire. love is written in torrential downpours and across inhospitable deserts, while idyllic tranquility (pastoral or respectably middle-class) signals its negation. just when the melodrama threatens to become staid, Ratnam returns the world to its most elemental (and most painful). a film made up primarily of the rising and falling of smoke and fire and dust and water. the richness of Ratnam’s blues threatens to drown an entire nation in their depths

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