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Monday, November 25, 7:00 pm

Catamount Arts

India, Rated PG, 104 Minutes
Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Ifran Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Denzil Smith

Showtime:
Monday, November 25, 7:00 pm

Tickets: Free

Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day's lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities. (C) Sony Classics

There's nothing wildly original here, but it's carried off with charm and wit, and a pair of very enjoyable central performances. - Tom Huddleston, Time Out

"The Lunchbox" doesn't offer easy solutions, but it is filled with keen observations. All meals should be this satisfying. - Tom Long, Detroit News