Based on a novella by the great Rabindranath Tagore, Charulata is a work of subtle textures, a delicate tale of a marriage in jeopardy and a woman taking the first steps toward establishing her own voice.
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Unrelated game: take the opening shots of this movie, compare with the opening shots of Tree of Life: the camera movements are exactly the same, but the blocking is exactly reverse! Now take the opening shots of this movie, and compare with the opening shots of L'Eclisse. They mean the same thing, but are shot completely differently! -- PolarisDiB
I'm still processing this masterwork so forgive me if this sounds mundane. I will say this though, there's that cliche about how you should be able to watch a film with the sound turned off(or in the case of a foreign film without titles) and still be able to comprehend most of what is going on. That said I can think of few examples more relevant to that ideal than the sequence on the swing. More later. Masterpiece.
Beautiful tones and story! Loved Charulata to bits, and her sway scene (and pretty much every scene) moved me deeply -- the loneliness, the pride, the need for affection in a world that is limited to the four walls of a large house...
This is something that lulls you, into a trance state of sorts, and fully envelops around you. One of those movies that takes you in, and brings you right into the lives of the characters. Beautiful on more than an aesthetic level, as Rays films tend to be, showing the very essence of life, the rhythm and flow of the world. Enchanting, as is our lead actress, the sensitive humanity of the story, and the movie itself.