Rafael 2 Wed, Oct 10, 2018 9:00 PM
Rafael 2 Thu, Oct 11, 2018 3:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:96 min.
Premiere Status:US
Director:Rohena Gera
Producer:Rohena Gera
Brice Poisson
Screenwriter:Rohena Gera
Cinematographer:Dominique Colin
Editor:Jacques Comets
Cast:Tillotama Shome
Vivek Gomber
Geetanjali Kulkarni
Rahul Vohra
Divya Seth Shah
Chandrachoor Rai
Print Source:mk2 Films
Note Writer:Shari Kizirian


Movie romance doesn’t have to be all steamy clinches and sweep-you-off-your-feet orchestral crescendos. Sometimes, as in Rohena Gera’s first fiction feature about the growing affection between a live-in maid and her well-off employer, it can be nothing more fervid than private moments of mutual understanding and shy, sweet looks of longing and desire. Sir follows tender-aged widow Ratna from rural India as she moves to the big city with dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Working hard as a housekeeper in Ashwin’s swanky Mumbai high-rise apartment, Ratna sends money home for a younger sister’s studies while warding off criticism from in-laws as she seeks to develop her skills through an apprenticeship with a tailor. Meanwhile, Ashwin is trapped in a box of privilege’s making. Delicately observed, Sir limns the social and economic chasm between these two unlikely hearts. Whether or not they are united in the end is less important than each one’s quiet determination to break free from the narrow bounds of their class and gender-based expectations.

Expected Guest: Rohena Gera  (All Screenings)

Additional Information

Educated at Stanford University (BA) and Sarah Lawrence College (MFA), Rohena Gera has worked in film and television for almost 20 years, starting her career at Paramount Pictures Literary Affairs office in 1996. She independently produced and directed a non-profit campaign called “Stop the Hatred” to fight communalism. As a screenwriter, she co-wrote Kuch Na Kaho (2003) and Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008), as well as over 40 episodes of the TV series Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin. She made her directorial debut with the documentary What’s Love Got to Do with It? (2013). Sir is her first fiction feature.