Agantuk (The Stranger)
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Agantuk (The Stranger)
Satyajit Ray's final film is a deceptively simple modern fable about a mysterious and world-weary old man (Utpal Dutt), who comes to stay with a middle-class Calcutta family, claiming to be the wife's long-lost uncle, Manmohan Mitra. Anila (Mamata Shankar), the wife, wants to believe him, but her husband, Sudhindra (Deepankar De), has his doubts. The couple's young son, Satyaki (Bikram Bhattacharya), is enthralled by Manmohan's 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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A small, gentle, exquisitely realized comedy about, among other things, family loyalties and trust in a world in which traditions have been devalued."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Perhaps Ray's most memorable character since Apu."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"The work can be taken strictly as a charming drama or as something much deeper -- and that's perhaps the key to any great work."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A fitting ending to Ray's 30-film career."
‑ Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle
"a beautiful valediction by a great filmmaker anticipating his own departure, whose message is as profound as any in a majestic career"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"This film is filled with the director's deep feelings about the observations he has made during his lifetime regarding the affects of civilization..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It shows all the virtues of a master artist in full maturity."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"This 1991 film -- Ray's last -- is far from his best, but its delicate, loosely structured domestic satire rewards viewer patience."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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