Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

The Forest

Chopstick Cinema

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A love triangle sets the stage for this psychological thriller, in which Pritam and his wife Radha secure a permit to spend the night at a wild game preserve in the Indian jungle, with Radha’s jealous former lover Abhishek as their guide. And as if that weren’t disturbing enough, there are rumors that a leopard is on the prowl. After an afternoon on safari, Pritam and Abhishek spend the early hours of the evening sizing each other up, and arrive at an uneasy truce. Around midnight, despite the menace of a hungry leopard, Abhishek decides to have sport with Pritam by sending him hunting in the jungle, which also gives him the opportunity for a little one-on-one time with Radha. With the mounting tension around secrets, sex, and survival, the night is headed toward a bloody crescendo.

Within the context of this compelling human drama, there is also a primal message that casts a shameful spotlight on the wanton destruction of some of earth’s most magnificent creatures, which may soon be rendered extinct. But until then, the laws of the jungle are powerful and mysterious, and will prevail despite the meddlesome hand of man.

Join me this week on Chopstick Cinema for a closer look at the Asian entries in the 2009 Cinequest Film Festival, which opens on Wednesday, February 25 and runs through Sunday, March 8. For further information on the film and the festival, visit the Cinequest website.

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