Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Teen Kanya
India, 1961. Satyajit Ray Productions. Screenplay by Satyajit Ray, based on stories by Rabindranath Tagore. Cinematography by Soumendu Roy. Produced by Satyajit Ray. Music by Satyajit Ray. Production Design by Bansi Chandragupta. Film Editing by Dulal Dutta.
Beautiful drama by India’s master filmmaker Satyajit Ray. It tells two stories (originally three when released in India and then edited for international release) of young women coming of age. The first is an adorable tale of a servant girl who works at a post office and falls madly in love with the new, young employee who has been assigned to the office. The second, which is longer and more involved, is a frequently hilarious and pointed examination of early marriage. A young man is being pressured by his mother to marry, and takes as his wife the village tomboy against matronly advice. He soon sees her reasoning when the new bride runs away on her wedding night, only to discover on her mini-adventure that she really does want to move on to the next mature step in womanhood. Ray wasn’t capable of making a single shot devoid of shimmering elegance, and this stunning film is one of the many testaments to his phenomenal talent.