The Lonely Wife (Charulata)

Dir: Satyajit Ray
Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Madhavi Mukherjee, Shailen Mukherjee
117mins   1965   India   U   Bengali | English    Subtitled   

Part of the Satyajit Ray mini-season

An adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's short story of a nineteenth-century, liberal, upper-class family and a complex web of relationships and emotions.

In 1870s India, Charulata is an isolated, artistically inclined woman who sees little of her busy journalist husband, Bhupati.

Realizing that his wife is alienated and unhappy, he convinces his cousin, Amal, to spend time with Charulata and nourish her creative impulses. Amal is a fledgling poet himself, and he and Charulata bond over their shared love of art. But over time a sexual attraction develops, with heartbreaking results.


Sun 21 August