And Quiet Rolls the Dawn

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Un Jour comme les autres

And Quiet Rolls the Dawn

(Ek Din Pratidin)

by Mrinal Sen



Un Jour comme les autres

Director: Mrinal Sen

Script: Mrinal Sen

Cinematographer: K.K. Mahajan

Editor: Gangadhar Naskar

Music: B.V. Karanth

Cast: Satya Bannerjee, Gita Sen, Mamata Shankar, Sreela Majumdar, Umanath Bhattacharya, Arun Mukherjee

Production: Mrinal Sen

TNS Production
3 rue du Maine
75014 Paris
Tel: 0033

Year: 1979

35 mm, Colour, 92 min
OV Bengali with French Subtitles


Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival 1980

Calcutta, 1978. One evening, Chinu, the elder sister who works to provide for her family of 7, does not come back from her office. Time is passing, they are waiting for her with an increasing anxiety. Feeling upset for not being informed of her delay, fearing that she might have had an accident or might have been aggressed, not to mention the fear of what the neighbours will say, the panicky family gradually lets its underlying conflicts show.

Mrinal Sen transforms the daily life of an ordinary lower-middle class family, into a introspective suspense with unity of time (one night) and unity of place (an ordinary dilapidated building in Calcutta where twelve families are packed). He questions the position of woman in society in general and patriarchal society in particular, and probes into the reality of women at work in India, without whom most of the families would not survive..

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