A young college graduate is struggling to find a job. He lives in a flat with his younger, employed sister, revolutionary brother and widowed mother. The strain of the situation ultimately causes him to hallucinate.
A group of Calcutta city slickers, including the well-off Asim (Soumitra Chatterjee), the meek Sanjoy (Subhendu Chatterjee) and the brutish Hari (Samit Bhanja), head out for a weekend in the wilderness.
A 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... See full summary »
Calcutta based screenwriter Amitabha Roy is traveling to Hashimara in north Bengal partly to visit his brother-in-law and partly to do research for what will be his third film. En route ... See full summary »
My feelings about this film are a bit mixed. It's very different from the other Satyajit Ray films I've seen, The Apu Trilogy (1955-1959) and Devi (1960). In contrast to those films, Porosh Pathor was more of a magical-realist dark comedy rather than a drama. It didn't have a laugh-out-loud kind of humour either, but had a more subtle kind of humour. However, the concept behind the film was creative and innovative, while the plot was more meaningful and thought-provoking than most comedies.
The philosopher's stone has long been a dream of alchemists since at least the Middle Ages, but the film attempts to portray the consequences this may have on society when someone finally obtains the legendary stone. Although the film was rushed, as Ray himself admitted, his direction for the film is still impressive. It was also nice for a change that the film wasn't tragic like the other Ray films I saw, but was more up-beat overall. Although it wasn't powerful like Ray's other films, Porosh Pathor was an enjoyable yet thought-provoking film to watch.
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