LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents Monsoon Wedding, Monday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. This is another in the International Film Series shown monthly at the Laconia Public Library.
Monsoon Wedding is a charming family drama. The story is set in the modern upper-middle class of India, where telecommunications and a western lifestyle mix with old traditions, like the arranged wedding. A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.
Lalit, a wealthy father, is trying to see that his daughter's wedding goes off without a hitch. Though familiar with Western ways, he has little patience with them and is dead set on seeing the nuptials done properly and traditionally. The four-day arrangements and celebrations are a bit chaotic.
The daughter, Aditi, is disillusioned with her long-time relationship with a man who is almost twice her age. She suddenly agrees to submit to an arranged marriage with an engineer from Houston. Yet as the ceremony nears, she gets cold feet and returns to see her former lover--even though it could spell disaster for everyone involved.
Relatives from both families, some from distant places like Australia, come to New Delhi during the monsoon season to attend the wedding. Monsoon Wedding includes family parties and drama, dangers to the wedding, and lots of music and dancing.
This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. At Venice, Monsoon Wedding won the prestigious Golden Lion award.
The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Brief informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided.