Independent & World Films at the Library

Showing on Thursday, August 28, at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

The Lunchbox (India)

The Lunchbox, a romantic and surprisingly intimate film from India, is a contender for the 2014 Golden Globes Award for Best Foreign Film. A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, to Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement who is grieving over the death of his wife. Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the huge city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become caught up in their virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities. The film marks the feature debut of director Ritesh Batra, who also wrote the screenplay. One of the delights of the film is learning about the Dabbawallahs, a group of five thousand deliverymen who, for more than a century, have brought hot lunches to workers throughout Mumbai. Although they are illiterate, their system of organization is virtually flawless and was even studied by Harvard University. As one reviewer said, The Lunchbox leaves you hungry for Indian food and friendship over loneliness.

In Hindi with English subtitles.

Running time: 105 minnutes

The Independent and World Films Series runs on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, with showings at 2:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Gainey Room. The focus for our series is foreign or world films, as well as independent films that are not widely distributed in the U.S.

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2014

March 13: Blue Jasmine (U.S.)
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June 12: Instructions Not Included (Mexico)
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2013

January 10: Beasts of the Southern Wild (U.S.)
January 24: Last Ride (Australia)
February 14: Foreign Letters (U.S.)
February 28: Elena (Russia)
March 14: Anna Karenina (Great Britain)
March 28: Tokyo Sonata (Japan)
April 11: Robot & Frank (U.S.)
April 25: Queen of Hearts (France)
May 9: Of Gods and Men (France)
May 23: A Late Quartet (U.S.)
June 13: The Secret in Their Eyes (Argentina)
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July 11: Teddy Bear (Denmark)
July 19: Codex (U.S.)
July 25: NO (Chile)
August 8: Smashed (U.S.)
August 22: Found Memories (Brazil)

2012

January 26: Sarah's Key (France & U.S.)
February 9: Beginners (U.S.)
March 8: Incendies (Canada & France)
March 22: Made in Dagenham (Great Britain)
April 12: Take Shelter (U.S.)
May 10: The Piano in a Factory (China)
May 24: In a Better World (Denmark)
June 14: O'Horten (Norway)
June 28: Albert Nobbs (United Kingdom)
July 12: My Name is Khan (India)
July 26: The Woman on the 6th Floor (France)
August 9: Come Undone (Italy)
August 23: Footnote (Israel)
September 13: A Separation (Iran)
September 27: Another Year (U.K.)
October 11: Life Above All (South Africa)
October 26: The Devil's Backbone (Spain)
November 8: Train of Life (France)
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2011

May 19: Bomber (U.S./U.K.)
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