Agantuk (The Stranger)
Agantuk (The Stranger) focuses on a deceptively simple modern fable about a mysterious and world-weary old man who comes to stay with a middle-class Calcutta family, claiming to be the wife’s long-lost uncle. The wife wants to believe him, but her husband has his doubts. The couple’s young son is enthralled by his exotic tales of his magical adventures, which have taken him from New York to the jungles of the Amazon, and pretty much regards the whole thing as a game.
As the family and their friends try to figure out who exactly he is, his very presence forces them to reflect on their own lives and identities. Adapted from one of his own stories, Satyajit Ray’s Agantuk is a refined philosophical comedy; gentle in its satire of middle-class family mores and elegiac for the traditions of hospitality it weakly upholds. The film, produced by French admirers Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Toscan du Plantier, proves a fitting capstone to a landmark career.
A small, gentle, exquisitely realized comedy about, among other things, family loyalties and trust in a world in which traditions have been devalued New York Times Agantuk (The Stranger) Riverside Theatres, Cnr Church & Market Sts, Parramatta Date& Time: Monday 4 November at 7pm Tickets: Members $7, Non-Members $12* Bookings: Riverside Box Office on 8839 3399 or www.riversideparramatta.com.au *transaction fees apply