For all its gut-wrenching intensity, James Franco's new film is not abusing violence for entertainment's sake. This film is about transcendence, growth and the ugly truth of what it sometimes takes to survive.
Four festivals have taken place -- or will -- this Fall in New York City that showcase South Asian cinema or those from the South Asian diaspora. Of the four, I View Film Festival 2010, was the eye-opener -- no pun intended.
If watching characters expressing extreme behavior under extreme conditions while taking extreme measures to survive is your idea of an exciting night out, then the festival will gladly take you to the limit.