Introduced by Evening Standard film critic, Derek Malcolm, The Barbican centre is screening the moving and visually stunning Ship of Theseus, a 2012 film that tells three separate stories set in comtemporary Mumbai.
The three tales explore how individuals react to to questions of identity and change, while also revealing a larger fabric of connections in the final narrative convergence. The title refers to the Antique Paradox of Theseus that asks: if all the different parts of a ship gets replaced bit-by-bit, is it still the same ship in the end?
A celebrated experimental photographer struggles with the loss of her intuitive genius as an unexpected aftermath of a physical change; an intellectual monk confronting a complex ethical dilemma with a long held ideology has to choose between principle and death; and a young stockbroker, following the trail of a stolen kidney, learns how intricate morality could be.
An assured and often astounding debut feature from Anand Gandhi, this is a delicately poetic film from a director to watch.