Master Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray portrays the daily existence of an Indian housewife with compassion and understanding, just as her life takes a dramatic turn.
Set in British-occuppied India, 'The Lonely Wife' revolves around Charulata, the beautiful wife of Bhupati - a Calcutta intellectual. She sits at home alone while her wealthy husband runs his English language newspaper. Upon recognising her profound loneliness, Bhupati invites his brother-in-law Umapada and wife Mandakini to stay. Amal, his handsome younger cousin joins them after graduation from college. Charu and Amal spend hours reminiscing over literature, poetry and the arts while Bhupati works on his paper. For a short time everyone is content. Then, tragedy occurs.
★★★★★ "Fit to burst with political and colonial discourse, class, proto-feminist values, music, poetry and, most of all, love" - Tara Brady, Irish Times