Samskara (1972)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 108 min.  |   Countries - India  |  
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The body of a renegade Brahmin awaits burial or cremation in this fascinating Indian film. The man in question flouted Brahmin caste regulations, attracting a cadre of youthful followers. However, the Brahmin elders of his village cannot decide whether to give him a traditional Brahmin cremation or treat him as an outcast. Until they decide, neither they nor their immediate families may eat. As their discussions grow prolonged, the wife of one of the men dies, and other irregularities occur. This film offers an intriguing glimpse into the lives and issues that motivate many people in this populous land.

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burial, caste-system, cross-cultural-relations, indecision