Born into Brothels, filmed in the red light district of Calcutta, sounds like a nightmare. And, in some ways, it is. But it’s also joyful, funny, delightful, full of surprises, and packed with characters you’ll want to throw your arms around.

It’s also real.

Today in my Film Forum column at CT, I scan through other reviews of the film and offer my own first impressions. If Born into Brothels comes to your town, do not miss it.

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