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The Stranger (1991)
"Agantuk" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  26 August 1992 (France)
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An well-off family is paid an unexpected, and rather unwanted, visit by a man claiming to be the woman's long-lost uncle. The initial suspicion with which they greet the man slowly ... See full summary »

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An well-off family is paid an unexpected, and rather unwanted, visit by a man claiming to be the woman's long-lost uncle. The initial suspicion with which they greet the man slowly dissolves as he regales them with stories of his travels, tales that are at odds with their conventional middle-class perspective on the world. Written by Anonymous

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This was Satyajit Ray's final film. He was so ill during the production of it that most of it was directed from an oxygen tent. See more »

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Performed by: Sromona Guhathakurta
Lyrics by: Rabindranath Tagore
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Ray's final film is a disappointment
24 June 2013 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

AGANTUK (THE STRANGER) was Satyajit Ray's last film and has been little seen in the West and yet it's one of the most 'western' of his pictures. The stranger of the title is a man who arrives at the home of a well-to-do Calcutta family claiming to be the wife's long-lost uncle. It's an intriguing premise but Ray, who also wrote the film and composed the score, doesn't really develop it. There is no real suspense in the picture which is mostly played for light, satirical comedy, (though it isn't really that funny either). As the uncle, Utpal Dutt coasts through the film, (it's an easy performance, Ray has given him all the best lines), but there's a lovely performance from Mamata Shankar as the young wife and niece and by far the best scene in the film is when she plays the tamboura and sings a song, and there's a beautiful child, Bikram Bhattacharya, who seems genuinely enchanted to see the stranger. Shot in colour by Barun Raha it seems to be striving for a profundity that simply isn't there but it's also a hard film to dislike and there's a great dance near the very end.


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