Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) (1984)

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Released in India as Ghare Baire, Home and the World offers a rare collaboration between that country's top director Satyajit Ray and versatile Indian film-personality Victor Banerjee. The latter plays a well-educated Hindu living in colonial East Bengal in 1908. When British governor-general Lord Curzon deliberately foments unrest between the Hindus and the Muslims in order to solidify his own power, Banerjee's best friend Soumitra Chatterjee tries to organize his countrymen into a rebellion. Banerjee introduces his wife Swatilekha Chatterjee to his charismatic rebel friend, hoping in this way to test his wife's love. Her attraction to the rebel is but one of the many wedges, both personal and political, driven between the two friends as Hindu/Muslim tensions flare up. Based on a 1919 novel by poet Rabindranath Tagore, Home and the World had long been a pet project of Satyajit Ray's, but he'd been unable to bring the book to the screen until India's political climate allowed him to do so. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World)

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Here is India through impeccably Indian eyes.

Dec 13, 2017 | Full Review…

As with the works of any great director, The Home and the World defies easy categorization.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It is a contemplative movie -- quiet, slow, a series of conversations punctuated by sudden bursts of activity.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Ray soft-pedals the ironies (the politician is, of course, a bounder), while bringing out the full emotional sweep of the young woman's awakening, suggesting that the violent demonstrations that rock the streets are the product of a similar repression.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

A masterpiece compared to most movies in India, or anywhere else...

Aug 13, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a lengthy but elegant film that is grandly acted by the three principals.

Mar 22, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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