The Adversary (Pratidwandi) (Siddharta and the City)
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The Adversary (Pratidwandi) (Siddharta and the City)
The Adversary stars Dhritiman Chatterjee as an Indian university student. Upon the death of his father, Chatterjee is compelled to drop out of school and support his family by taking a series of "grunt" jobs. Surrounded for the first time in his life by the squalor and poverty of Calcutta, the student grows increasingly embittered over his reduced circumstances. Director Satyajit Ray cannot completely obscure his eye for pictorial beauty even in this tragic tale of dashed hopes. Originally released in 1971 as Pratidwandi, The Adversary has been distributed to English-speaking… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Adversary moves so quietly, with such seeming politeness to jaded film senses, that it takes a while to realize that for all its somberness it's a particularly moving comedy."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"An often powerful story from Satyajit Ray."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Ray's incredible warmth and superbly understated visual style can charm even those (like me) who don't find his films particularly compelling."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Once you get to grips with the frustration and determination of the film's hero, the points Ray is making about society become increasingly accessible. It's a major piece of work."
‑ , Film4
"Beautifully observed political film of disenfranchisement."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"India's finest director clearly relates to his protagonist: a thinking man well aware of his political surroundings, but never to the point of sacrificing his artistic vision."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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