A lush satire about colonialism and its enabling upper castes, in which two “landed gentry” in the 1850s self-indulgently play chess as their marriages, their homes, and their nation collapse in a multi-level siege of careless gaming.
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Ray was a master of both the pen and directorial vision well evident in this mid-period feature. The film is a pretty black satire of the caste system, British colonialism and privilege. Two men remain oblivious as their marriages, their way of life and their country slip away from them. A wry and powerful political satire that becomes mesmerizing as it moves on featuring top performances from its full cast.