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Welsh Actor Michael Sheen talks about his Inspirational figures Satyajit Ray and Mira Nair from Indian Cinema

Sheen will be seen co-staring with Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Patt of ‘Jurassic World’ in the sci-fi romance movie "Passengers"

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Los Angeles, December 22, 2016: Indian filmmakers have made their marks in every generation. Adoring these Indian talents, acclaimed Welsh actor Michael Sheen said the cinema of India, including movies by legendary Indian filmmakers Satyajit Ray and Mira Nair have had a big influence on him.

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“I would love to come and do something in India. It will be amazing. The films from India, the cinema of India has had such a big influence on me, watching Satyajit Ray, Mira Nair films. It is such an incredible country and culture and so I hope that I can come soon,” Sheen told PTI in an interview here.

Sheen will be seen co-staring with Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Patt of ‘Jurassic World’ in the sci-fi romance movie “Passengers”. It is a Sony Pictures Entertainment film which will hit Indian theatres on January 6 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

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The movie is about two strangers Jim and Aurora, played by Pratt and Lawrence, who are on a 120-year journey to another planet on a technologically-advanced “cruise-liner” style space ship when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early.

They are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, jeopardising the lives of the several thousand passengers traveling from Earth on the spaceship to the distant planet for starting a new life. Sheen plays ‘Arthur’, an android bartender onboard the ship.

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While sharing his experience with PTI, Sheen said the role of a robotic bartender was “physically quite uncomfortable” as he had to be strapped into a machine and had a steel rod tied through his back to facilitate his robotic movements.

In spite of the discomfort, the role was interesting to him and the actor said he had a great time working with Lawrence and Pratt, adding that “it was just such a laugh working” with them on the sets.

“They are great people, really funny and we all got along really well which is handy because it was just the three of us every day for a long time,” he said.

 – prepared by Saptaparni Goon of NewsGram. Twitter: @saptaparni_goon

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"A Fantastic Woman" fails to carry us along in its protagonist's tough journey from bereavement to isolation to confrontation to settlement. Marina can't wait to get out of it.

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Film: “A Fantastic Woman” (Spanish, with English Subtitles, based on a transgender woman); Director: Sebastian Lelio; Starring: Daniela Vega; Rating: 1/2 (2 and a half stars)

“A Fantastic Woman” could have been penetrating portrait of a transgender woman’s struggle for dignity after her middle-aged lover suddenly dies on her.

Marina (played with consummate sensitivity by Daniela Vega) never quite recovers from the traumatic shock. Neither does the film. It quickly goes downhill from the point of tragedy, building what looks like a shell-shocked narrative in-sync with the stupor that falls over Daniela’s soul after Orlando (Francisco Reyes) passes away.

The ensuing trauma of a ‘woman’ who is unacceptable to society for her gender and status in the life of the man she loved, is brought out like a dentist extracting rotten teeth. It is a graceless situation.And director Sebastian Lelio goes with the frown, rendering every crease in Daniela’s disheveled existence in shades of black and fright.

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Daniela’s dilemma is so in-your-face, it hardly needed to be affirmed so strongly by the narrative. Her humiliation is shown in scenes in the hospital and at the police station. And we know what happens to the mistress specially when she is gender-challenged. But Marina’s behaviour post the tragedy eschews empathy. She frets, fumes, snarls and at one point even jumps on to the car of her deceased lover’s family to bounce up and down.

By this point the edgy narrative begins to look uneasily unfocused.

Perhaps Marina’s unconventional methods of protest are a cultural things. Maybe in Chile, the conventions of bereavement are played out at a pitch that seems fairly bizarre to us. Also, the fact that the film is in Spanish makes the dialogue-heavy sequences, such as the one where Marina is confronted by Orlando’s wife in a car basement, seems unnecessarily stretched-out and verbose.

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“A Fantastic Woman” fails to carry us along in its protagonist’s tough journey from bereavement to isolation to confrontation to settlement. Marina can’t wait to get out of it.

Neither can we. (IANS)