in about 100 words or less
India 143m, B&W
Director: Ritwik Ghatak; Cast: Abhi Bhattacharya, Madhabi Mukherjee, Satindra Bhattacharya, Bijon Bhattacharya, Pitambar, Indrani Chakrabarty, Sriman Tarun, Ritwik Ghatak
Subarṇarēkhā is the story of Iswar and his little sister (Sita), refugees of the 1947 partition of India, who take in a low-caste orphaned boy (Abhiram) who eventually falls in love with Sita. Years later, as adults, Sita and Abhiram move to Calcutta, where they have a son and struggle to earn a living. Following an accident that drives Sita to prostitution, the estranged brother and sister are eventually “reunited” in a brothel. As a family drama, this is a deeply depressing film in which Iswar loses everything, save his orphaned nephew (Klaus Ming May 2016).