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The Stranger (1991)

Agantuk (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 26 August 1992 (France)
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 »


Satyajit Ray


Satyajit Ray (screenplay), Satyajit Ray (story)
Top Rated Indian Movies #24 | 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Promode Ganguly Promode Ganguly ... Tridib Mukherjee
Ajit Banerjee Ajit Banerjee ... Sital Sarkar (as Ajit Bandyopadhyay)
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Sourav Banerjee Sourav Banerjee


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 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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26 August 1992 (France) See more »

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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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10 January 2005 | by returningSee all my reviews

It is possible and dangerous to read too much into a director's final film as being a "swan song" or a "culmination," and it seems to be an easy "insight" by those unable to come up with something better. But here we have a veritable summation and a compelling final statement of a brilliant career.

Whenever I watch an S. Ray film, I always feel lost trying to find a main theme or thrust in the story. Here we have several: ancient custom vs. technology, self-discovery, mystery/doubt, etc. But they all co-mingle in this extraordinarily complex character (based on Ray himself no doubt, hence the high level of insight). His was a cinema of life, scattered and bewildering, yet sublimely beautiful.

Still, Ray remains one of the few great directors from his era who never quite mastered the use of colour. Indeed, the lingering shots of images lacks the power of say the chandelier in "Jalsaghar," and the regret and sorrow on the faces of the family doesn't come anywhere close to the final scenes of "Pather."

On top of this we have Ray trying most explicitly to be philosophical. Some of Manmohan's laments on civilisation resemble passages from "Notes From Underground," and we even have the husband talking about having to "put two and two together," but these themes seem to be mentioned for the sake of mentioning them. Ray, like Manmohan, was an anthropologist, not a philosopher. Still, there are some deeply touching moments in this overall capably and thoughtfully made film.

3 out of 5 - Some strong elements

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