Changes in the Village

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Changement au village

Changes in the Village


by Lester James Peries

Sri Lanka


Changement au village

Director: Lester James Peries

Script: R. Siriwardena after M. Wickramasinghe's novel

Cinematographer: William Blake

Editor: S. Gunawardena

Music: W.D. Amaradeva

Cast: Henry Jayasena, Punya Heendeniya, Wickrama Bogoda, T. Gunawardena, Gamini Fonseka

Production: Cinelanka

Heliotrope Films
83 rue de Reuilly
75012 Paris
Tel: 0033

Year: 1965

35 mm, B & W, 108 min, 
OV Cingalese with French Subtitles

Nanda is the youngest daughter of the village head. She is in love with Piyal, the school teacher, but is married to Jinadasa, a man chosen by her parents who belongs to the same social rank. Despite this arranged marriage, emotional bonds tie the husband and his young wife. However, the economical decline of the small rural bourgeoisie forces Jinadasa to leave his home in order to seek his fortune elsewhere. Piyal initially rejected for his lower origins has proved successful in business. After Jinadasa’s death, he marries Nanda. Yet, the memory of the former husband haunts both of them.
This great fresco of a family rooted in the Sri Lanka of yesterday turns out to be universal.
One of Satyajit Ray’s favourite films, restored by UCLA Film and Television Archive laboratory (USA) in 2008. 

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