Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sight & Sound Challenge: The World of Apu (Apur Sansar) (1959)

Film: The World of Apu (Apur Sansar) (220/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: First Time

Thanks Sight & Sound top 250! I really wanted to feel like I'd been punched in the gut! This is the third film in the critically acclaimed Apu trilogy. We've seen Apu's birth, we know his family, we've seen his humble upbringing in his small village, we've seen his world through his eyes, and we've seen him overcome countless tragedies. Pather Panchali was heartbreaking enough, and in the second film Aparajito (not included in this list), he suffers even more while simultaneously trying to find his place in a new world. Apur Sansar introduces us to the adult Apu. He's optimistic, charming, and adorably earnest, despite his less-than-ideal circumstances and the hardships of his past. Life can only have good things in store for him, right? WRONG. I don't know what he did to deserve all this, but I wanted to jump into the screen, hug him, and urge him not to give up. It was a riveting and satisfying end to the trilogy, and I loved diving into the work of director Satyajit Ray. More, please!

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