The loose-hinged plot concerns four bachelors who go on holiday in the forest; each man undergoes profound character developments and transformations. Also figuring in the proceedings is a group of humble forest dwellers, who prove not to be the rubes the bachelors assume them to be.
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As someone who is Indian/desi, I see that Ray's niche is focusing on the upper/middle class, and portrays their flaws yet still manages to always portray them in the most positive light. The illustration of the indigenous community in this film felt offensive & the usage of brownface on the main indigenous female protagonist left a bad taste. As much as I like Ray, he's very safe & the critiques and themes felt weak.
My fifth by Ray and once again I am blown away by what he presents on the screen. I am a big fan of Rohmer and this reminded me of some of his best films. Why this is not as well known as the Apu trilogy and The Music Room is something I can't understand...