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The Crossing
8.4
/10
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THE CROSSING

पार | Paar

Directed by Goutam Ghose
India, 1984
Drama

Synopsis

When an Untouchable wins local elections in his small village, deadly rioting begins and an impoverished couple is forced to escape to Calcutta, where they hope to find work. After sleeping on the streets for some days, a dangerous but encouraging chance at earning a little income comes their way.

Synopsis

When an Untouchable wins local elections in his small village, deadly rioting begins and an impoverished couple is forced to escape to Calcutta, where they hope to find work. After sleeping on the streets for some days, a dangerous but encouraging chance at earning a little income comes their way.

Our take

This stirring neo-realist drama from director Goutam Ghose is based on a short story by celebrated Bengali writer Samaresh Basu. A comment on poverty and marginalization in rural Bihar, its hypnotic pace showcases startling performances by Indian cinema doyens, Naseeruddin Shah & Shabana Azmi.