Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
1997
Born into a wealthy and powerful family, Tara (Sarita Choudhury) is luckier than her lowly servant, Maya (Indira Varma), when it comes to material things. But Maya has become richer in matters of the mind and soul -- even as she dons Tara's hand-me-downs. When Tara weds a handsome king (Naveen Andrews), she thinks she's found true love. In a cruel twist of fate, however, he takes Maya as his comely courtesan in this 16th century feudal saga.

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

In her effort to teach Westerners (the film's spoken language reveals its audience) that there's a great deal more to the famous book than a mere catalog of sexual positions, that it is in fact a deep spiritual consideration of the profound nature of romantic love, Mira Nair has created an erotic film with all the high sexual charge of a Joseph Campbell interview. It's a tedious, mannered tale about supposedly sexually-liberated people, but good acting, beautiful costumes, and iconic symbolism are only worth so much when the film lacks entertainment value. By the time the perfunctory ending arrives, you'll likely have lost any interest you ever had in studying the ancient text.

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