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1,459 Ratings

The Home and the World


Directed by Satyajit Ray
India, 1984


A rich estate owner persuades his wife to leave the seclusion of the women’s quarters to meet one of his best friends to whom he is politically opposed. Tensions arise when she falls in love with his friend, reflecting growing political unrest outside the house.

Our take

An adaptation of the eponymous novel by Rabindranath Tagore, Ghare Baire deftly juxtaposes and explores the early 20th century nationalist movement and the emancipation of women—a recurrent theme of Satyajit Ray’s work.

The Home and the World Directed by Satyajit Ray

Critics reviews

Against the backdrop of Bengal’s troubled 1906-07 winter, Ray weaves a study of female liberation, national sovereignty and the complexities of love.
May 03, 2017
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The Home and the World, attuned as it is to the nuance of interpersonal relations and yet suggestive of larger social and philosophical concerns, is at once one of Ray’s most intimate and immense works… The tribulations that beset the couple, while deeply felt, are but emblematic of the tragedies that befell a nation.
January 09, 2014
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The film is slow, studied, and observed with a fanatic attention to the smallest gestures and glances, which helps to fill out the somewhat schematic structure Ray has inherited from his source (a novel by Rabindranath Tagore). Ray soft-pedals the ironies (the politician is, of course, a bounder), while bringing out the full emotional sweep of the young woman’s awakening, suggesting that the violent demonstrations that rock the streets are the product of a similar repression.
January 01, 1980
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