Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 2006. ShadowCatcher Entertainment. Screenplay by George Wing, John Jeffcoat. Cinematography by Teodoro Maniaci.Produced by Tom Gorai. Music by BC Smith. Production Design by Fali Unwalla. Costume Design by Heidi Bivens, Himani Dehlvi. Film Editing by Brian Berdan. Toronto International Film Festival 2006.
Josh Hamilton successfully runs a call centre that sells catalog products of a jingoistically patriotic nature. When his boss tells him that the company is saving money by axing the entire staff and setting up in Mumbai, Hamilton is given a choice: leave his job and stock options behind, or follow the company to India where he will supervise the setting up of the new centre. His job is to get sale volumes up while teaching the employees how to convince their patriotic customers that they are talking to Americans on the phone. He arrives in a country that is completely opposite to his own, unable to adapt his strict American perspective to the seductive nature of the East until a delightful call centre employee (Ayesha Dharker) seduces him with her brainy skills and gorgeous smile. This film has a big heart and a smart perspective on international relations; it manages to capture corporate American greed, cultural intolerance and the difficult nature of love and evenly wrap it up in a comfortable bow. Performances are all wonderful, particularly Dharker.