One of the things I like most about this movie, is that it plays like a mix of documentary and drama. The cast is a blend of actors and non-professionals, which gives it a wonderful "real" quality. It's also obvious that Jean inherited his father's artistic eye. The film is flush with the sensual colors of India and many scenes look as if they might have been lifted from one of his father's paintings.
She published 70 books, among them 21 novels. A number were big sellers, several were made into films, including my personal favorite, Black Narcissus. Four have remained continuously in print since they were first published.
Godden's is a world of nuns and sinners, ballet dancers and one-legged soldiers, the British, the Indian and the Eurasian in the middle. Her novels are both intensely funny and deeply moving. Next time you're at the library, pick up one of her books. You will thank me.