Set in 1925, it chronicles the unenviable life of a housemaid, who came as a part of dowry to a rich Zamindar’s house. She goes through the back breaking routine of household chores as well as being expected to entertain the zamindar and his male guests.
Ford plays an American doctor whose wife suddenly vanishes in Paris. To find her, he navigates a puzzling web of language, locale, laissez-faire cops, triplicate-form filling bureaucrats and a defiant, mysterious waif who knows more than she tells.
Jesus (Willem Dafoe), a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas (Harvey Keitel) -- despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation.