No Bed of Roses
The bonds of family are thrown into turmoil when a man, unable to care for his own wife and mother of his children, marries a teenage girl in school with their daughter. An emotionally imposing family drama that challenges notions of forbidden love.
Sustained with pale, gray, and neutral tones, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's sixth feature film, No Bed of Roses is a heartrending film that depicts one man's tragic attempt to safeguard his loved ones while thoughtlessly abdicating his heart to another woman. Javad Hasan (Irrfan Khan, Life of Pi) is a famed movie director experiencing a midlife crisis: Unable to love his kind but acquiescent wife, Maya (Rokeya Prachy), Hasan marries a high school youth who happens to attend the same school as his daughter. As news of Hasan's relationship with Nitu (Parno Mittra) trickles into the public, Hasan's daughter, Saberi (Nusrat Imrose Tisha), pivots between sorrow and grief while Maya retreats further and further away from the world into embittered silence. Hasan struggles to mend the severed ties he's created with his family, transforming him into a man that is hurt, broken, and above all else, helpless. Filmed with deliberate and intentional pacing against the metropolitan sprawl of Dhaka and the lush landscapes of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, No Bed of Roses is not only visually beautiful, but is also filled with multiple subtleties expressed through refined moments of silence and distilled colors. Farooki once again utilizes his masterful skills as filmmaker to explore themes of individual frailty that'll leave audiences breathless and mesmerized.
One of the most notable Bangladeshi directors today, Mostofa Sawar Farooki has been a key player behind a new era of filmmaking that has accelerated Bangladeshi films into the international sphere. The New Wave, as it is known, is classified by a more modern depiction of Bangladesh society that avoids Bollywood cliches. His personal body of work often features themes of magical realism, where characters are liberated from social boundaries illustrated by fantasy elements.
Sponsored by South Asia Center at UW
- Original Language Title: Doob
- Director: Mostofa Sawar Farooki
- Principal Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nusrat Imrose Tisha, Parno Mittra, Rokeya Prachy, Rahad Hossain
- Premiere Status: US
- Country: Bangladesh, India
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 86 minutes
- Producer: Abdul Aziz, Ashok Dhanuka, Himanshu Dhanuka
- Screenplay: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
- Cinematographers: Sheikh Rajibul Islam
- Editors: Momin Biswas
- Music: Pavel Arin
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: Moscow International Film Festival 2017 (Winner Kommersant Jury Prize)
- Filmography: Piprabidya (2013); Televsion (2012); Third Person Singular Number (2009); Mad_e in Bangladesh (2007); Bachelor (2004)
- Language: Bengali, English
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Bioskope Film, Star Synergy Entertainment