Release Date: March 17th, 2000
DVD Release Date: January 30th, 2001
R|2 hr 2 min
In 1954 India, Mary (Madhur Jaffrey) is a woman of mixed British and Indian heritage, who is fiercely proud of her European blood. Mary helps a pregnant Englishwoman named Lily MacIntosh (Greta Scacchi) give birth, but Lily is unable to nurse the infant. Mary sneaks the child away to her sister, who acts as a wet nurse. By taking credit for the child's feeding and care, Mary is able to worm her way into the MacIntosh household, where she quickly gains the upper hand over the existing staff.
Director: Ismail Merchant
Production Co: Le Studio Canal +, Merchant Ivory Productions, Universal Pictures