The Goddess

  • 1960
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Biswas, a wealthy, religious man, dreams that his 17-year-old daughter-in-law Tagore is a reincarnated Hindu goddess. He has her placed on an altar outside his home, and all the town is convinced that Biswas's dream is true when a child is seemingly cured by her. Tagore starts to wonder herself and begins doubting her true nature. When her husband, Chatterjee,...read more

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Biswas, a wealthy, religious man, dreams that his 17-year-old daughter-in-law Tagore is a reincarnated Hindu goddess. He has her placed on an altar outside his home, and all the town is convinced that Biswas's dream is true when a child is seemingly cured by her. Tagore starts to wonder

herself and begins doubting her true nature. When her husband, Chatterjee, returns from school, he demands that his wife stop this nonsense. Tagore fears divine retribution if she fails to follow her divine calling, however, and refuses to give up her observances. There are two endings for the

film. In the original, Tagore dies by a river when her husband returns; a later version has her going insane after being unable to heal a sick nephew. In either case, the hand of India's best-known director is well seen. Ray shows compassion and insight, telling the story in a subdued but

fascinating manner.

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