Snehomoy is a young lad who lives in a remote little village in West Bengal. He makes a penfriend in Japan, a young girl called Miyage. He is shy and introverted, perhaps not very socially adept. His relationship with this young woman soon becomes a very important part of his life. Miyage is also a shy girl who too finds it difficult to make real-life friends. Their interaction is very personal but yet by its very nature it is not intimate; is that why these two shy people are drawn to it?
Neither of them is rich; he is a school teacher and she keeps a small shop in her home. After a few years, they decide to marry without ever meeting. It is a strangely poignant relationship; they care deeply and are committed to each other. Years pass. She is tied to her sick mother and he does not have the finances to travel so they never meet.
This strange balance is upset when a young widow comes to live in Snehomoy’s home with her 8 year old son. She arrives bereft and lonely, in need of love and support. Snehomoy is drawn into a real-life interaction with a young woman who blossoms in this strange household of a man, his aunt and a remote Japanese wife. At this time Miyage falls seriously ill. How will all this play out?
This sensitive film is beautifully directed by Aparna Sen. Anay Goswami impresses with his cinematography; he uses his camera as a brush to paint haunting scenes and makes the ordinary look extraordinary. The actors are all superb. Rahul Bose, Raima Sen and Chigusa Takaku play the leads with expert ease. Moushumi Chatterjee’s face is still mobile and she emotes effortlessly. Even small parts are played with conviction; it is a treat to watch!
I confess, I have not one word to say about the music of the film. The background music is soothing and provides a lovely backdrop to the film. I didn’t pay much attention because I was totally concentrated on the story.
This is a film which works beautifully in spite of the improbable story. Highly recommended.