An Indian princess, long divorced and living in self-enforced exile in London, invites the tutor of her late Maharaja father to an annual tea party, intended to celebrate a happier past. The two watch documentaries that show the beauty of her native country in the time prior to independence.
Next to the always excellent James Mason, Madhur Jaffrey is exquisitely regal as an exiled princess clinging on to a golden past. Fashioned with luxurious objects whose faded glamor aches with nostalgia, this Merchant Ivory chamber piece flickers with memories of an India that no longer exists.
Luis Buñuel, 1930, France
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States
Harmony Korine, 2007, United States