Agantuk (The Stranger)

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  • 10 September 2009
Agantuk (The Stranger)

Indian cinema legend Satyajit Ray’s final film (before his death in 1992) receives an all too rare screening. A comic dissection of familial trust, honesty and fragile belief systems, Agantuk is a major work from a Bengali great (based on one of Ray’s own short stories). This matinee screening will be preceded by a filmed introduction by cinema specific writer and broadcaster Mark Cousins.

GFT, Glasgow on Sun 13 Sep.

The Stranger (Agantuk)

  • 4 stars
  • 1991
  • India
  • 2h
  • U
  • Directed by: Satyajit Ray
  • Written by: Satyajit Ray
  • Cast: Utpal Dutt, Bikramjit, Mamata Shankar, Deepankar De, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Promod Ganguli, Rabi Ghosh

The final film from master filmmaker Ray is a parable of greed and mistrust, set in Calcutta, and following the fates of a family who receive a letter from an uncle who left home some 30 years previously. But is the man who arrives the real thing or an impostor? As wise and witty and closely detailed as ever.

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