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Movie Review: Cotton Mary

Cultures clash in evocative period drama
India in the 1950s poses a considerable dilemma for the title character of the splendidly evocative drama Cotton Mary.

Cotton Mary (Madhur Jaffrey) is a woman caught between cultures and class.
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Cotton Mary emotionally sophisticated
Cotton Mary is the story of a middle-aged Anglo-Indian nurse who struggles to find her place in the turbulent society of post-World War II India.

On that bare-bones story level, Ismail Merchant's film is a worthy topic of interest. The marginalized Anglo-Indian community, a tiny, troubled relic of 500 years of European incursions into South Asia, is an intriguing one because it focuses issues of class, race and colour into a microcosm.
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