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OUTSOURCED (2006) (PG-13)

June 15, Vivekananda Retreat, Ridgely, 101 Leggett Road, Stone Ridge

Director John Jeffcoat's gentle and illuminating satire-romance about presumptions and culture in a global economy tells the story of Todd Anderson (Josh Hamilton), a 32-year-old manager of a Seattle customer call center, who learns his entire order-fulfillment department is closing and the services will be outsourced to India, where local workers can field customer calls more cheaply. Adding insult to injury, he must travel to India to train his replacement and get the new operators up to speed. At first nonplussed by his unfamiliar Indian surroundings, Todd is later disarmed by the friendliness of his likable replacement, Puro (Asif Basra), and charmed by opinionated coworker Asha (Ayesha Dharker). Winner of i6 critic and festival awards, the film provides a human touch to the effects of cultural differences on work, friendship and love and on the global economy's impact on national and personal identity. "A frothy romantic comedy that makes a serious point about the arrogance of treating human beings from around the world as interchangeable economic units." Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail. "Even if we aren't pumping our fists in the air, we're rooting for the characters with an agreeable `namaste' vibe that feels earned rather than forced upon us." Mark Bourne, Film.com. Rated PG-13.