Wednesday, April 13, 2005

The Stranger (Satyajit Ray)

Ray's final film tells the story of a woman who receives a letter from a long-lost uncle, requesting to spend a few days visiting her and her family. Her husband, a business executive, is skeptical and thinks the man may be an impostor out to steal some money. The plot is a springboard for a considered weighing of the benefits and drawbacks of civilized life, tribal existence, globe-trotting, provincialism, traditional family and career, and wealth and poverty. I liked the movie, though the simple setting and largely stationary camera are a sharp contrast to the vibrant, intense images in Ray's earlier films. I don't really have a lot to say about this movie. It's very straightforward and speaks for itself.

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