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In this pair of acclaimed literary adaptations by master filmmakers attuned to women’s lives and social pressures, two women find their staid marriages upended by the arrival of an outsider to their homes. First, the great Satyajit Ray conjures a ravishing vision of nineteenth-century Kolkata in his masterpiece CHARULATA, an adaptation of a novella by Rabindranath Tagore in which a woman woman caught in an unsatisfying marriage finds both her artistic and erotic passions awakened when her husband’s poet cousin comes to stay with them. Then, the exquisitely subtle and elegant Mikio Naruse adapts a novel by feminist writer Fumiko Hayashi in REPAST, starring the luminous Setsuko Hara as a conflicted wife who sees her marriage threatened by the arrival of her flirtatious niece.