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A scene from "Ship of Theseus"

3 out of 4 stars

Ship of Theseus
Directed by
Anand Gandhi

Three disparate stories, one overarching idea, all centred in contemporary Mumbai. The first story concerns a young Arabic woman who has lost her eyesight and who takes highly praised photographs using audio-based electronics attached to her camera and photo software. Really, the story is about how she perceives herself through her art and sightlessness. The second is about a monk who becomes critically ill and the turmoil this causes between his ascetic beliefs and getting medical treatment. Again, it's about his sense of self. Finally, a third story follows a stockbroker finding himself on the edge of the international illicit trade in human organs. Again, the self. An intellectual, contemplative film, although its occasional tendency to take its abstract ideas on the nature of self-identity and wrap them into neat plot twists can mildly disappoint. A small criticism though.

Sept. 7, 2:30 p.m., Cineplex Yonge & Dundas; Sept. 16, 12 p.m., Scotiabank

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