Agantuk (The Stranger) (2003)
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Satyajit Ray's final film is a deceptively simple modern fable about a mysterious and world-weary old man (Utpal Dutt), who comes to stay with a middle-class Calcutta family, claiming to be the wife's long-lost uncle, Manmohan Mitra. Anila (Mamata Shankar), the wife, wants to believe him, but her husband, Sudhindra (Deepankar De), has his doubts. The couple's young son, Satyaki (Bikram Bhattacharya), is enthralled by Manmohan's exotic tales of his magical adventures, which have taken him from
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A small, gentle, exquisitely realized comedy about, among other things, family loyalties and trust in a world in which traditions have been devalued.
a beautiful valediction by a great filmmaker anticipating his own departure, whose message is as profound as any in a majestic career
This 1991 film -- Ray's last -- is far from his best, but its delicate, loosely structured domestic satire rewards viewer patience.
The work can be taken strictly as a charming drama or as something much deeper -- and that's perhaps the key to any great work.
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