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(Review originally written at 8 September 2010)

Overall this movie was a better made one than the first movie out of the trilogy; "Pather Panchali". Seems like they had a bigger budget to spend this time, which really helps this movie. The story flows also better and is overall more interesting one this time as well, in my opinion.

The first movie was still mostly one about growing up, while this one is more a coming-of-age story. It has less sidetracks and characters to distract from the main plot-line, which again is kept as simple as possible. It's why it works out well, though in the end some things fall kind of short, since they don't feel all that likely. It's because this movie took more of a cinematic approach to things, so the story and all of its emotions and drama are also being put on a bit thick. In that regard alone this movie is being a bit weaker and less effective than the first one.

Nevertheless, the overall story still flows better and is more pleasant to follow. It definitely helps with this that the story was just more interesting to follow. Director Satyajit Ray inserted some experience he had on his own during his life in this movie as well, though the source material is still being based on the novel written by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay. This movie is actually being a combination of the last part of the first novel and the first half of the second one. The third movie out of the trilogy, "Apur Sansar", wraps up the all of the stories.

Technically this is a better made movie but it's also a great looking one as well, visually. This time the movie for large part gets also set in the big town, which is a quite beautiful sight and captures what life must had been like for the average struggling citizen back then, in India.

A nice done drama.

8/10

About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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