Two communities evasively illustrated. For a brief time, Ray constructs each as an opposition to the other, but that clearly becomes less & less of a real concern as the film progresses. What it becomes is a kind of testament to the mysteries & dissonances of man's freedom. Plummer & Ives give two of the most bizarre, fatalistic performances in cinema. Unwieldy, beguiling, WATE felt at times to be wholly beyond me.