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Schatten der Zeit (2004)

Ravi has settled in his dreary fate as indented boy-laborer in a textile plant outside Calcutta, making sure he earns and saves more then other boys to buy his release. Yet when young, ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Tannishtha Chatterjee ... Masha
Prashant Narayanan ... Ravi
Tillotama Shome ... Deepa
Irrfan Khan ... Yani
Tumpa Das Tumpa Das ... Young Masha / Sati
Sikandar Agarwal Sikandar Agarwal ... Young Ravi
Biplab Dasgupta Biplab Dasgupta ... Fabrikmanager
Dibyendu Bardhan Dibyendu Bardhan ... Fabrikbesitzer
Gautam Banerjee Gautam Banerjee ... Vorarbeiter
Kuma Chakraborty Kuma Chakraborty ... Ticketverkäufer
Barun Chakraborty Barun Chakraborty ... Bordellbesitzer
Pranab Babdi Pranab Babdi ... Budenbesitzer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohammed Mirja Ali Mohammed Mirja Ali ... Deepas Sohn 2
Panchanan Banerjee Panchanan Banerjee ... Angestellter Teppichladen
Robin Banerjee Robin Banerjee ... Oberkellner Club
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Storyline

Ravi has settled in his dreary fate as indented boy-laborer in a textile plant outside Calcutta, making sure he earns and saves more then other boys to buy his release. Yet when young, naive Masha is sold into service by her debt-crushed father, Ravi falls in love with her and rather the see her sold as private all-purposes servant, spends his savings on her release. They agree to meet in Calcutta's largest Shiva temple once he's free. Being the captive of his own skill, that takes years, while she becomes a brothel's star. Ravi arrives as a man, and unable to find her accepts to become an old carpet trader's brilliant right hand and near-fiancé of his beloved granddaughter Deepa. Fate makes her marry affluent customs official Yani and Ravi re-orphaned Deepa before the true lovers meet again. Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

Germany

Language:

Bengali | English

Release Date:

12 May 2005 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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In the film, Yani Mishra (Irrfan Khan) gets transferred to Kerala. In reality, actor Prashant Narayanan (adult Ravi) was born in the state of Kerala. See more »

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Shallow "orientalism"
25 February 2007 | by comeauSee all my reviews

this is pretty much what one would expect of a German film shot in India... especially one made by a German director as his first feature.

filled with "third world pathos", bathed in earth tones and warm colours, saturated with patronizing 'noble savage' ideas, the best thing one can say about "schatten der zeit" is that it is often picturesque. at the end of the day, calcutta is a very visually interesting place and juergen juerges a very fine cinematographer. all this is far from enough to save this movie, which is ultimately very offensive...

florian gallenberger is a very wealthy young German "aristocrat" (at least he claims to be) who achieved 'oscar' success with his short film "quiero ser", again set in a poor country and centered on the 'milieu of the miserable' to be found there. he has obviously decided this formula works for him, and decided to write a 'truly Indian' story set in calcutta (a city and country to which he had no connection beforehand). ultimately, people can and should do whatever they want, but I hope audiences don't choose to support such parasitical works with their money or attention... this film was deservedly a critical and commercial failure...


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