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A bus traveling to Calcutta through a hilly, politically turbulent region becomes a vehicle for this 2002 sermon on tolerance from Bengali director Aparna Sen (36 Chowringhee Lane). Among the passengers are a Muslim nature photographer (Rahul Bose) and a married Brahman woman (Konkona Sensharma) with an infant son. When Hindu extremists commandeer the bus in search of Muslims, the woman saves the photographer by pretending he's her husband. Sen is anything but subtle in populating the bus with a cross section of class and ethnic types—including a lone Jew who's portrayed as a snitch. But the friendship that blossoms between the leads is tenderly depicted and hints at a solution to sectarian strife. In English and subtitled Hindi, Tamil, and Bengali. 120 min.

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