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Directed by Satyajit Ray • 1960 • India
Starring Sharmila Tagore, Chhabi Biswas, Soumitra Chatterjee
In this tragic fable set in the nineteenth century, the patriarch (Chhabi Biswas) of a wealthy family comes to believe that his daughter-in-law, Doyamoyee (Sharmila Tagore), is a reincarnation of the goddess Kali, to whom he is strongly devoted. As word of her supposedly divine abilities begins to spread, Doyamoyee begins to lose herself in the illusion, with devastating consequences. Satyajit Ray’s sublime images lend this lyrical commentary on faith and superstition a haunting power.