John & Jane
35MM | 1:1.85 | ENGLISH | DOLBY SRD | COLOR | 83 MIN | 2006
A new form of observational documentary that borders on science-fiction, John & Jane follows the stories of six Call Agents that answer American 1-800 numbers at a Mumbai call centre.
After a heavy mix of American 'culture training' and 14-hour night shifts, the job starts to take its toll. Counterpointing the fluorescent interiors of late night offices and hyper-malls with the uneasy currents swirling around the characters, John & Jane finds a young generation of urban Indians that live between the Real and the Virtual.
However this futuristic world of American aliases and simulated reality is not science fiction, these are the times in which we live. John & Jane raises disturbing questions about the nature of personal identity and what it means to be human in a 21st century globalized world.
CULTURAL IMPERIALISM HAS NEVER LOOKED MORE SCARY OR MORE COMPLETE
The New York Times
The Village Voice
SOPHISTICATED, HIGHLY CONTROLLED... SHEER ELEGANCE
CHRONICLES THE UTTER DISPLACEMENT OF CULTURAL IDENTITY
YOU’LL NEVER THINK THE SAME WAY ABOUT CALLING CUSTOMER SERVICE AGAIN!
EERIE, HUMOROUS AND SURREAL
The Globe and the Mail
STRANGER THAN FICTION
DIZZYING AND DREAMLIKE
AN INTRIGUING, UNDERSTATED MEDITATION
SAVAGE. VITRIOLIC. FUNNY. SHOCKING – AND TERRIFYING. SIMPLY
DELICATE GHOSTLY DRAMAS EMERGE FROM CROSS-TEMPERED TRANS-CULTURAL EXCHANGES
Art Asia Pacific
POWERFUL… AN ELEGANT FILM THAT SHOULD BE REQUIRED VIEWING
FEROCIOUS, FUNNY AND INGENIOUSLY CONSTRUCTED!
New York Times