Fifth about The Seventh

Soni

Soni: low-key and somber, Ivan Ayr’s look into the struggle of being a woman in India is delicate, intelligent and insightful. The main characters are very specific, but they allow for a general look at the issue; they are, also, a very interesting pair of nicely built characters, distinct enough in their background to broaden the perspective. Acting by both main actresses is quite good; Geetika Vidya Ohlyan, as the title character, gets more airtime and more emotionally charged scenes, where she effectively displays a range of emotions; Saloni Batra’s role is generally more subtle, but she pulls it off beautifully. The film has a generally cold look, in part due to the washed-up colors; cinematographer David Bolen’s camerawork, which leans towards extended shots following the subjects, reinforces a sense of neutrality towards what it is registering.

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