Portrays the intersection between the personal and the political. A complex film that refuses, until the last act, to comfort the audience by offering any sort of easy conclusion or overt moral stance. Its vision of nationalism as an essential tool of anti-colonialist revolution as well as a corrosive force is especially great. A love triangle as elegantly shot as it is performed. Perhaps a bit too long?
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
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.