“Pather Pachalli” scores 3.9 out of 5

Our February showing of the Indian film “Pather Pachalli” was well attended and was given an average rating of 3.9 out of 5 by the audience. It was an interesting work, a bit episodic for some tastes, and our comprehension was not helped by the obviously inadequate sub-titles, making it sometimes hard to follow the relevance of scenes to the story. However, the slowly evolving story of village life was fascinating – and tragic. Probably, the initial reaction of many in the audience was relief at not having to live in such desperately poor conditions, and admiration for those who could live and survive – and keep surviving despite the crushing blows of poverty.
This was an excellent example of the interpretation of life through non-Western eyes, and thus an important experience for the audience.