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UK: Merchant Ivory
Cast: Om Puri, James Fox, Jimi Mistry, Aasif Mandvi, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Ayesha Dharker, Zohra Sehgal, Sakina Jaffrey, Grace Maharaj, Danesh Khan
Director: Ismail Merchant
Countries: India / UK
USA & UK: 117 mins
USA Rated: PG for mild language
UK Certificate: PG contains mild sex references and language
USA Release Date: 3 May 2002
UK Release Date: 29 March 2002
Based on the novel of the same title by famed author V S Naipaul and scripted by Caryl Phillips THE MYSTIC MASSEUR is the first of the author's acclaimed literary works that he has permitted to be translated to the screen.
It is set during the mid 1950's in his native Trinidad where black, white, and Indian people make up the multicultural melting pot of the island. The story is rooted primarily in the Indian community, and it deals with the thwarted ambitions, frustrations, and ultimate triumphs that are possible in this 'restricted' part of the world. It is a story that is marked by its humour, its pathos and its warmth.
Filmed on location in Trinidad THE MYSTIC MASSEUR is directed by Ismail Merchant, produced by Nayeem Hafizka and Richard Hawley and executive produced by Paul Bradley.