Who knew Merchant & Ivory were ever young?

By which I mean they have vitality and zip as well as an incredible knack for tapping into nostalgia? My God, there are moments in the fantastic movie that are practically reminiscent of the French New Wave.

A group of British vagabond Shakespeare players roam India nearly 20 years after the end of the Raj and realize that their time is now up. Their daughter, born in India, is about to branch out on her own, but should she stay in India or go to Britain? Sounds heavy, and it is loaded with finely observed moments, but it is also a great deal of fun. Terrific picture.