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The Lonely Wife (Charulata)
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Lonely Wife (Charulata), dir. Satyajit Ray, India 1964, 117 min., Bengali with English subtitles, U

Satyajit Ray reckoned The Lonely Wife to be among the best features in his near-peerless catalogue – and we’re delighted to be bringing this timeless fable back to the big screen.

Pre-independence India, late in the 19th century. Bhupati (Sailen Mukherjee) is an upper-class public intellectual, the editor and publisher of a political newspaper at the height of the Bengali Renaissance. His work consumes his life, leaving his wife Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee) alone at home – until the arrival of poet Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee), her husband’s married cousin, spurs in her a romantic and creative awakening. Ray spins a complex but compelling web of connections made and bonds broken – a beautifully shot and impeccably acted exploration of love, betrayal and class at a turbulent time.
 

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