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Days and Nights in the Forest

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Time Out says

Ray's most overtly Renoir-ish film, this might almost be a remake of Une Partie de Campagne, transposed to another time and place and through another sensibility. Instead of the French bourgeois family setting off for a picnic, four young men leave Calcutta for a few days in the country, trailing their westernised careerist attitudes, a middle class indifference to the lower orders, a self-satisfaction that leaves them closed to experience. Out of a series of delightfully funny mishaps as the visitors eagerly try to pursue acquaintance with their two promisingly attractive neighbours, Ray gradually distils a magical world of absolute stasis: a shimmering summer's day, a tranquil forest clearing, the two women strolling in a shady avenue, wistful yearnings as love and the need for love echo plangently. Elsewhere jobs have to be won or lost, problems faced and solved, but not here; an illusion of course, revealed as time lifts its suspension but leaves one of the quartet a changed man, the other three assailed by tiny waves of self-doubt. Beautifully shot and acted, it's probably Ray's masterpiece.
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Release Details

  • Duration:115 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Satyajit Ray
  • Screenwriter:Satyajit Ray
  • Cast:
    • Soumitra Chatterjee
    • Sharmila Tagore
    • Subhendu Chatterjee
    • Samit Bhanja
    • Robi Ghose
    • Pahari Sanyal
    • Kaberi Bose
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