The Adversary


Satyajit Ray was sometimes accused of detachment from the political turmoil of modern-day India. The Adversary was his response: a fierce, angry film excavating the downside of his beloved and infuriating home of Calcutta. Siddhartha (Dhritiman Chatterjee), Ray’s young protagonist, is intelligent, respectable, with a good degree – and no option but to fight hundreds of equally qualified aspirants for a handful of jobs. The examples of his younger siblings – a sister in a successful career, a firebrand leftist brother – don’t help. Kept waiting for hours in hot corridors, patronised by interviewers, he finds himself pushed towards active but utterly futile protest. Ray’s technique is more jagged and abrupt than usual, with unexpected stylistic quirks, but it suits his urgent subject matter and his humanistic sympathies are never lacking. Taken from a print rather than a negative, the result is grainy and blemished, but this seems appropriate.


Film Details

  • PG
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: October 22nd 2007

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