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also known as Agantuk

The Stranger1991

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  • 4.1
Satyajit Ray's valedictory film is a multifaceted character study that contains both humor and melancholy rumination. Based on the filmmaker's own story, THE STRANGER involves a bourgeois couple who are taken off guard when a man claiming to be the wife's long-lost uncle sends word that he will be coming to stay with them after years of travel. Though they fear he's an impostor, they tentatively let the man into their home, commencing an eye-opening emotional journey for the family. A humanist exploration of class, faith, and tradition versus progress, THE STRANGER is a bittersweet good-bye from one of the world's most important filmmakers.

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As usual with Mr. Ray - a great script, great actors, stimulating locale, and in this case, a mystery to solve and philosophical issues to ponder. (Now, if "we" - Fandor subscribers - could only have access to The Apu Trilogy and Ray's whole repertoire....)

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As usual with Mr. Ray - a great script, great actors, stimulating locale, and in this case, a mystery to solve and philosophical issues to ponder. (Now, if "we" - Fandor subscribers - could only have access to The Apu Trilogy and Ray's whole repertoire....)

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An enjoyable film through and through! It demonstrates the ancient adage that we cannot assume to know anyone. "It takes time." Ray is a holy man among directors.