Cotton Mary

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(out of 5)


Wonderful period piece from the team of Merchant Ivory. Directed by Ismail Merchant, the fascinating story tells of an Anglo-Indian nurse named Cotton Mary () who befriends a British patient () after she gives birth to a sickly child. Seeing this woman as an opportunity to abandon her low Indian roots and aspire to British high society, Mary ingratiates herself into the woman’s family and proceeds to take over the household. Time passes, however, and soon it becomes apparent that Mary will have her shame of her own culture thrown back at her. Beautiful photography and excellent production detail highlight a fascinating drama, chock full of great acting (particularly an indomitable Jaffrey) and sturdy direction.


Merchant Ivory Productions

France/United Kingdom/USA, 1999

Directed by ,

Screenplay by Alexandra Viets

Cinematography by Pierre Lhomme

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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