36 Chowringhee Lane (1981)





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An older woman teaches Shakespeare in a girls' school, but events conspire to get her down-graded to an entry-level position. Just as that misfortune occurs, her only remaining family member -- a brother in an institution -- dies. Bereft on these personal and professional levels, she is especially grateful for the friendship of a couple she has met and has generously invited to share her apartment. The couple move out when they marry, and the woman goes to their wedding, continuing her acts of generosity to her newfound friends. Some time goes by before she realizes that the couple had been friends as long as they needed her apartment, and now that they no longer need it, they are not that interested in keeping up a relationship with her. When she does not hear from them any longer, she is at a loss as to how to recuperate some sort of balance in her life. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Jennifer Kendal
as Miss Violet Stoneham
Dhritiman Chatterjee
as Samaresh Moitra
Geoffrey Kendal
as Eddie Stoneham
Soni Razdan
as Rosemary
Renu Roy
as Miss Mazumdar
Phyllis Bose
as English Lady
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A touching, elegant story about an old Anglo-Indian teacher who finds herself becoming increasingly marginalized by her friends, family, and employer. The metaphor of India's changing cultural and social landscape is handled deftly, and makes itself felt without being too pushy. The whole film crafted with artful camerawork, very well written, and features excellent performances. One of my favorite moments was the montage cut to, of all things, "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini".

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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