Two Daughters

Released in India as the three-episode film TEEN KANYA, this Satyajit Ray picture was trimmed of its final episode ("Monihara"--a ghost story of sorts) for its US, and subsequently videocassette, release. In the first story, "The Postmaster," Nandalal (Anil Chatterjee) is a city boy who goes to the country to take a job as postmaster. In the small village...read more

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Released in India as the three-episode film TEEN KANYA, this Satyajit Ray picture was trimmed of its final episode ("Monihara"--a ghost story of sorts) for its US, and subsequently videocassette, release. In the first story, "The Postmaster," Nandalal (Anil Chatterjee) is a city boy who

goes to the country to take a job as postmaster. In the small village where he works, Ratan (Chandana Bannerjee), an orphan girl of 10, serves as his assistant. Friendship develops between her and the new postmaster, who treats her more kindly than her previous employer. However, rural life

doesn't suit Nadalal, and after a bout with malaria, he decides to return to the city. The second tale, "The Conclusion," focuses on Amulya (Soumitra Chatterjee), an unmarried lawyer who refuses to wed the homely bride his mother has chosen and instead marries Mrinmoyee (Aparna Das Gupta), a

carefree tomboy. On their wedding night, Mrinmoyee tells Amulya that she was forced into the marriage and now resents her loss of freedom.

Satyajit Ray, best known for his "Apu Trilogy," here delivers two beautifully textured tales of a young woman's discovery of love and affection, capturing the transition between childhood and adulthood. Ray contributed to the already inherent exoticism of the characters and rural locales by also

composing the score, the first of many he wrote for his films. (In Bengali; English subtitles.)

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