Saari Raat (All Night) | European Premiere
Director: Aparna Sen Starring: Konkona Sen Sharma, Anjan Dutt, Ritwick Chakraborty. Run time: 82 mins | Recommended Certificate: U Language: Hindi with English subtitles | Year: | Country: India
Based on renowned playwright Badal Sarkar’s eponymous work, the film is set over one long dark and stormy night where a holidaying couple take shelter from a storm in what appears to be an abandoned house. To their surprise, an elderly man appears who is by turn hospitable and cantankerous. The night that the man and woman spend with their mysterious host turns out to be a crucial one in their lives. He draws out of them secrets that they had never known about themselves, or about each other. The husband is a realist and shrugs off his discomfiture, but his wife detects the ambiguity behind the old man’s remarks and begins to question his motives. Aparna Sen adeptly uses light, shadow and sound to create a mysterious world in which Konkona Sen Sharma gives a compelling performance.