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Sunil: Week One 

(Season Three premiere) A retired math professor from Bengal reluctantly visits Paul to discuss his wife's death six months earlier, his subsequent displacement to the U.S., and the recent ... See full summary »



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(Season Three premiere) A retired math professor from Bengal reluctantly visits Paul to discuss his wife's death six months earlier, his subsequent displacement to the U.S., and the recent tensions he's experienced while living with his son's family. Written by Anonymous

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25 October 2010 (USA)  »

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Six months, two weeks and a day
22 February 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The third season of this marvelous series begins with an unusual interview with a man that has been brought to Dr. Weston to see if he can be helped. He is accompanied by his son and daughter-in-law. The man, Sunil, is an Indian from Calcutta. His son Arun, is a doctor; his wife, Julia is a literary agent. The couple is concerned because they have noticed how Sunil has been acting strangely around the house. He suffers from arthritis in his knee. Arun has prescribed a drug that has no effect on the way he feels, but his mental balance is what really has made their decision to seek professional help.

As Dr. Weston tries to get information on his prospective case, Julia, is the one that answers him. Sunil speaks only in Bengali that has to be translated by Arun. A little of the history of Sunil is shared with the therapist. The problem at hand appears to have been the result of Sunil's wife Kamala, from complications of a heart condition. It has been six months, two weeks and a day, since her death. Sunil lost her after some thirty years of marriage.

Dr. Weston asks the couple to leave him with Sunil. As the couple depart, it becomes clear Sunil speaks perfect English. He was a math professor in his native Calcutta. The death of his wife has been too much for him to deal with, plus the relocation to New York, at the request of his son, has been another factor for the way he feels. Sunil senses Julia's rejection. He does not like her to call his son Aaron, instead of Arun. His interaction with his grandchildren is not as warm as he had wanted, in part because of her interference in his efforts of teaching them his language. Dr. Weston believes he can work with Sunil and be of help in whatever is causing his condition. Sunil agrees to return the following week.

Paris Barclay, a man associated with the series is at hand to direct the first chapter. Adam Rapp and the wonderful novelist Jhumpa Lahiri wrote the screenplay. The program is based on the successful Israeli series "Be'Tipul" created by Hagai Levi, Ori Sivan and Nir Bergman. American audiences are lucky in getting a great treatment from the team of this episode, thanks to Rodrigo Garcia's work in adapting the original idea and translating it into an intelligent format.

Gabriel Byrne is the main reason for watching the program. His clear understanding of the man he is playing enhances the material in which is based. Irrfan Khan, the wonderful Indian actor, appears as Sunil. Sonya Walger plays Julia, the outspoken daughter-in-law.

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