The Coward

Director: Satyajit Ray
Year Released: 1965
Rating: 2.0

A screenwriter (Soumitra Chatterjee) with car trouble gets a lift from a tea planter (Haradhan Bandopadhyay) who takes him to his house ... and there he reunites with a former flame (Madhabi Mukherjee) that he rejected years ago.  This very short Ray film is kind of stiff and feels too much like a stage play: the brief flashbacks that come near the end show a fleeting glimpse of what the relationship between Chatterjee and Mukherjee was like, but they aren't enough to sustain any kind of emotional resonance.  The moral, I guess, is to "man up" and actually commit to the woman you love before she settles down with someone wealthy, but that's not exactly what I'd consider groundbreaking life advice....