(directed by Ritesh Batra, 2013)
***+ (out of 5)
> This is a fine Indian comedy about an under-appreciated Indian housewife and the potentially life changing bond that she forms with a perfect stranger, when the daily lunch she prepares for her preoccupied husband is accidentally delivered to the wrong man.
. The unwitting recipient is a somewhat curmudgeonly widower, deftly played by fine actor Irrfan Khan, familiar to American audiences from his excellent turn in THE LIFE OF PI. When the woman discovers her meals are being delivered to the wrong man, she opts to do nothing about it, because she gets something in the exchange she doesn’t feel from her husband: appreciation. They begin to exchange notes through the lunchbox, delivered by courier between them, communiqués that grow increasingly detailed and personal, intimacies that only make her more dissatisfied with her seemingly indifferent partner. Where will this flirtation lead?
. With a wonderful script, wonderfully realized, this is not a formula film- but a warm, humanist foray into the depths and mysteries of the human heart.
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