This movie shows the extreme poverty of one family striving to exist. I'd started to watch it before but quit because it was so bleak; glad I stuck with it this time. With realistic if not beautiful settings it shows the the overwhelmed young mother, her whimsical husband full of hope the old decrepid aunt, so shriveled up and the love she shows the two children, a girl and her younger brother, who live in a small rural village. I'll remember the children in the area having fun- sometimes running through the fields and trees laughing. Good climax and realistic ending.
A glimpse into the lives of a poor Bengali family by India’s greatest director. Story, camera work, and music (Ravi Shankar) come together beautifully. This is the first in the Apu Trilogy by Satyajit Ray.
I was immediately drawn into the imagery, the culture, and the characters of the film. Beautiful and heart wrenching.
Satyajit Ray's debut film was both a milestone in Indian cinema and a milestone in world cinema. While Inida had often been depicted in film ("Gunga Din," "Lives of a Bengal Lancer") this was very likely the first Southeast Asian film that many Americans had seen that was actually made by Indian filmmakers. A lyrical, impressionistic and poignant tale about a poor family in rural, it has something in common with the Italian neorealists, but it has a style and power all its own. Ray, using mostly non-professionals, creates a whole world just using a house and a forest, covering the whole range of human experience (life, death, struggle, happiness, poverty, tragedy) in two hours. If you consider yourself a cinephile, you must see this film. The first part of the "Apu trilogy."
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