Two things stand out to me in particular - Madhabi Mukherjee's dynamic performance and Satyajit Ray's ability to express the passage of time with subtle dialogue cues. This was his first film set entirely in his native Kolkata, and I love the shots of both Bhombol and Arati strolling through the city.
It's too calculated. Sure, the miraculous Apu trilogy was also calculated but this is calculated in a bad way. The resolution at the end cannot change the very conservative taste in the mouth for the two hours. You cannot erase a two-hours load with a two-minutes final. The movie also builds on coincidences & deus ex machina. In fact it looks very similar to some Turkish conservative films which I've seen repeatedly
Une oeuvre solide et revendicative, teintée d'un étonnant et surprenant féminisme, confirmant à nouveau l'extrême sensibilité de Satyajit Ray, dans sa rigoureuse et piquante dénonciation de certaines valeurs traditionnelles passéistes. Négligeant une dénonciation frontale des réalités économiques et sociales du pays, le metteur en scène s'est plutôt attaché au parcours individuel d'une libération. www.cinefiches.com
Going in, I didn’t expect how reverberating and powerful this film would be. In Ray’s gentle touch there is so much beauty and emotion that can be expressed, in ways that isn’t captured when the emotions are overblown and fake. Its also very brave and progressive in its depiction of a house wife leaving home and working to support her family in India. An amazing performance from Madhabi Mukherjee.
Difficult for me to write about masterpieces without gushing. Ray's been compared to the great 19th century novelists, and the description is handy: few filmmakers are so rich in detail, so able to subtly draw the characters' psychologies, so able to conjure the characters' worlds. Cheap cynicism and experimental doodling are alien to Ray's mind. This film is a lesson in grace, measure, intelligence, and class.
Satyajit Ray continues to impress me with each film I have seen and this one is certainly no exception. A finely crafted film with impressive acting and cinematography, plus Madhabi Mukherjee is such a gifted actress. A slow but rewarding viewing experience, it would be a treat to see on the big screen (as would any of Ray's works).