It is an articulated nightmare that rattles your sub-conscious and then slowly recedes back into reality. I watched this movie as a petrified, collapsed, and disgusted soul. The most dangerous part: it didn’t seem far from what has been happening in one of the world’s richest cultures. More than shame and humiliation, I felt relief that none of the people of my generation that I know are participating in such gender discrimination.
Somebody said that this movie is perverse, and doesn’t fit what Indian culture stands for. Well it is perv erse. But it is ultra-fiction. It is to art cinema what sci-fi is to action movies. It is a bit too much to grasp, but nothing that you can’t imagine happening if newborns were to be killed based on their gender.
The best way to describe this masterpiece is that it cut a piece off my existence, and then smeared it with burning gun powder. It’s a mark that probably will never go away, and will keep reminding me how not to treat a female child, teen, or adult.
I rate it 4.9/5.0.
Movie Review Matrubhumi: A Nation Without Women. Hindi w/English Subtitles. 2003.