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Agantuk (The Stranger)

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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Feb 15, 2010

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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.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A fitting ending to Ray's 30-film career.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It shows all the virtues of a master artist in full maturity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Perhaps Ray's most memorable character since Apu.

January 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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a beautiful valediction by a great filmmaker anticipating his own departure, whose message is as profound as any in a majestic career

January 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

This 1991 film -- Ray's last -- is far from his best, but its delicate, loosely structured domestic satire rewards viewer patience.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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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.

July 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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This film is filled with the director's deep feelings about the observations he has made during his lifetime regarding the affects of civilization...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Unfortunately, I found Satyajit Ray's final film Agantuk (The Stranger) pretty disappointing. It is the script that I found weakest, with the philosophical questions raised sounding pointless and nonsensical. The premise is basically is this man who he says he is but with only two outcomes of no particular interest or consequence, the conclusion falls a little flat. Also, why does everyone have to stand up when they talk, I don't think its a cultural thing and no one does it in his earlier films. It just feels like over acting.
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