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Maya (2018)

The film follows a 30-year-old man named Gabriel, a French war reporter who was taken to hostage in Syria and then heads to India after months in captivity.

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Mia Hansen-Løve
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roman Kolinka ... Gabriel
Aarshi Banerjee Aarshi Banerjee ... Maya
Alex Descas ... Frédéric
Judith Chemla ... Naomi
Johanna ter Steege ... Johanna
Pathy Aiyar Pathy Aiyar ... Monty
Suzan Anbeh ... Sigrid
François Loriquet François Loriquet ... Le psychologue
Jean Rolin Jean Rolin ... Le père de Gabriel
Patricia Boulogne Patricia Boulogne ... La belle-mère de Gabriel
Sandrine Dumas ... L'amie de Frédéric
Nicolas Saada Nicolas Saada ... L'agent de la DGSE
Stéphane Roger Stéphane Roger ... Le médecin
Adrien Urvoy Adrien Urvoy ... Assistant
Pascal Hintablian Pascal Hintablian ... Ministre des Affaires Etrangères
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The film follows a 30-year-old man named Gabriel, a French war reporter who was taken to hostage in Syria and then heads to India after months in captivity.

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France | Germany

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French | English

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19 December 2018 (France) See more »

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Paris, France See more »

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The Wild, Exotic Heart of India
14 November 2018 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Just released from captivity in Syria, Gabriel abandons everything he knows, including his wife, to return to a childhood home in Goa, India. He is intent upon becoming something other than a victim and regaining a positive outlook on life. The beatings and torture Gabriel suffered pale in comparison to the guilt and helplessness he feels. Mixing with crowds along the ocean shore, the pulse of the dance clubs and the beautiful people within, tropical breezes, moped rides at night, the rising sun, and the wild, exotic heart of India, help him to heal. The clincher is Maya, the college-aged daughter of his godfather. Love is within reach, but Gabriel is hesitant. "You have to know what you want," he dismissively tells the younger woman. That soft voice in the night calling out his name, is it Maya or the return of guilt and fear?

Maya is shot mostly on location in India. The country around Goa is beautiful and Hansen-Løve has a knack for including the landscape in the narrative. The acting and romantic chemistry are as hot as the country. I quite agree with the philosophy of Gabriel, immersing myself in nature and out of the ordinary terrains and people, to restore balance and well-being. Dialogue depth is lacking, but overall an intriguing and resplendent film. Mia Hansen-Løve is the director of Things to Come and Eden. Seen at the Toronto international film festival.


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