A young man, newly graduated from college is unable to find meaningful employment. Family frictions and his continuing unsuccessful quest for a job place an unbearable strain on him causing him to hallucinate.
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A film that truly depicts mundane day to day lives most people go through. We all look for something more to life, but most of us just don't know what that thing is. And when you only have two sides to chose from such as living a life in the working class and just going through the motions or becoming a radical revolutionary (as is depicted in the film) all you find is what you yourself truly wants out of life.
Portrait d'un individu sans cesse "de passage" sur fond acerbe de critique sociale et d'événements situationnels (guerre du Vietnam, attentat terroriste ethnique, vogue et vague du mouvement hippie) qui peut quelquefois déconcerter maints spectateurs, plus rompus chez Satyajit Ray à une traditionnelle narration classique et linéaire, aux thématiques intemporelles. www.cinefiches.com
I'm very glad I watched this, it was my first Satyajit Ray experience but now definitely not going to be my last. The story of a young educated man in Calcutta who is struggling to get a job and left depressed and lacking direction in life. Great characters, some brilliantly playful direction and full of political, personal and social themes which remain very relevant today.
This is my first Ray and I'm looking forward to the next one. A dive into a visionary world through the troubles and pains of a familiar everyday portrait. Now, if only our mind could go where Ray's does on our next job interview..
characters were well made, main character seemed to represented young desperate generation in search of a scarce job and the impact which the revolutionary mood of day had on him, good use of flashback through the film. it gave a sense of compassion towards the people in the movie and situation for a young person of such background in Calcutta
Balurghat is the place I am originally from. It's such a surprise and a delight to hear its name in a Ray film even if it's portrayed in not so excellent terms. I wonder if Ray really went there for the shooting.