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अंकुर | The Seedling

Shyam Benegal India, 1974

Artyom Yakovlev's rating of the film Ankur

At first I thought the whole love triangle story to be banal but the longer I was watching the film, the more I was coming to realize its complexity. The storyline is superb but there are some other aspects to the film that make it great — its flamboyance, portrayal of local lifestyle and traditions, and beautiful music. The tense ending is hard to watch without tears, and gives this film a genuine Bressonian feel.