Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Ghare-Baire
India, 1984. National Film Development Corporation of India. Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on the novel by Rabindranath Tagore. Cinematography by Soumendu Roy. Music by Satyajit Ray. Production Design by Ashoke Bose. Costume Design by Bablu Das, Haru Das. Film Editing by Dulal Dutta. Cannes Film Festival 1984. National Board of Review Awards 1987.
Gorgeous drama by Satyajit Ray, about a young woman who awakens to the political world around her. Her husband (Victor Banerjee), a wealthy, Western-educated landowner, challenges tradition by inviting his wife out of seclusion and encouraging her to become as educated as most men of her class. When she meets a revolutionary friend of his who has dreams of challenging British rule by organizing a boycott of foreign-made products, she immediately becomes swept up in the cause and into the rebel’s arms. Rather than a boorish lecture on the dangers of educating women, Ray’s drawing-room epic sees the downside of intellectual freedom without the wisdom of experience, as our heroine learns to temper her passions with the reality of the outside world the hard way. Gorgeous cinematography and sturdy direction from a director (here in the last years of his career) who is the art world’s primary successor to the 19th century subtleties of Henry James.