There's something so intelligent and special about Ray's narrative style: the way he allows the relationships to breathe on the screen and the subtlety with which the motives and actions of the individuals are shown to be driven by the social context. In this respect he is a genuinely modern filmmaker. Oh, and it looks and sounds great as well.
A beautiful morality tale that isn't moralistic, but concerned with the question of what is a good life. A taxi driver of warrior-caste descent is tempted into a life of crime, but confronted with the goodness in those around him... Cinematographically superb as ever, but the nighttime driving shots particularly stand out