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FILM REVIEW

Provoked

2007. Directed by Jag Mundhra. English and Punjabi. 113 minutes. • Color.\

by Leigh Goldstein

All film stills from director Jag Mundhra's Provoked." A True Story, an Eros Entertainment release. Courtesy Eros Entertainment.

Few filmmakers are comfortable with ugliness. Working in a medium where the close-up is a ruthless weapon for eliciting and manipulating audience response, directors often rely on the human face to provide the emotional content of their narratives, fill cinemas and entice viewers into staring long and close. Directors give us faces of character if we're lucky, but…

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