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Sita Sings the Blues

This is an odd film. It’s the Ramayana, illustrated in a dizzying medley of visual styles and set to roaring twenties blues. It’s narrated by a trio of people who seem to be modern Indians-on-the-street asked to tell the story collaboratively without reference to authorities. It’s also intercut with what appears to be an autobiographical depiction of a recent breakup of the director.

As odd as that all sounds, it’s kind of compelling. The subject matter and manner of presentation prevent it from ever approaching anything as pedestrian as mainstream sensibilities, but it’s the most appealing introduction to the subject that I’ve ever come across.

I’d recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind seeing something unlike any movie they’ve ever watched in a theater. It’s available free and legal at its website:

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