A rich estate owner persuades his wife to break Hindu tradition and leave the seclusion of the women’s quarters to meet one of his best friends to whom he is politically opposed. Tensions arise when she falls in love with his friend, reflecting growing political unrest outside the house.
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A film doesn't need comparison to be judged. Indeed "Charulata" is similar and better. Yet, I will not forget several of this film's scenes or shots, as they share a psychological quality rare in any style of making cinema. Ray's abuse of zooms or voice-off reflects some indolence, but the lightning, the laconic use of sound, the direction of actors, the abstract nature of space or the humanity of all characters win.
Excellente adaptation du roman éponyme de Tagore que ce vingt-sixième long métrage du fameux metteur en scène qui, en filigrane d'une classique dramaturgie sentimentale, repose à nouveau l'essentielle et délicate problématique d'une Inde ancestrale confrontée aux discutables, voire fallacieuses valeurs occidentales... www.cinefiches.com
This is the first Satyajit Ray film I've gotten to see. This was a great film. It shows the difficult choices before a sheltered woman and that those who want to help may not actually be helping anything. A very tragic film.