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Movie review: ‘The Lunchbox’ is Indian food for the soul

Nimrat Kaur (left) and Irrfan Khan play strangers who become involved through letters passed to each other in lunchboxes.
Nimrat Kaur (left) and Irrfan Khan play strangers who become involved through letters passed to each other in lunchboxes.Photos By Michael Simmonds/Sony Pictures Classics

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***1/2 The Lunchbox A hot lunch is mis-delivered from a neglected wife (Nimrat Kaur) to a lonely widower (Irrfan Khan); letters and something that might be love ensue. A humanist fable from India, the film is actually a romance in the old-school tradition, a “Brief Encounter” transposed to the rhythms and flavors of modern-day Mumbai. Charming and, in its quiet way, revolutionary. (104 min., PG) (Ty Burr)

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