India, April 8 -- The Japanese Wife Director: Aparna Sen Actors: Rahul Bose, Chigusa Takaku Rating: **
Be wary of the friend who passes off as opinion on a film, comments such as, "It's beautifully shot". Or, "The acting is awesome." Or, "The film's good, but kinda long (or slow)." What he unknowingly means to say is the story sucks.
Sen's The Japanese Wife is wonderfully shot, reasonably well enacted, and is sure enough, long (or slow) as hell. Such elements individually draw attention toward themselves because, quite frankly, the script sucks.
Spanning across almost two decades, Rahul Bose plays a graying schoolteacher in Sunderbans. He lives with his mother