This soul-shattering classic of Indian cinema is a pathos bomb hurled directly at that most sacred of institutions: the family unit. Nita (Supriya Choudhury) is the relentlessly self-sacrificing daughter of refugees living in Calcutta who single-handedly props up her ungrateful family—and winds up paying the price for their selfishness. Iconoclastic auteur Ritwik Ghatak’s cosmic tragedy achieves overwhelming emotional force through searing imagery that at times approaches horror, joltingly expressionistic sound design, and an extraordinary central performance by Choudhury, who transmits a transcendent expression of suffering both spiritual and physical to rival that of Renée Falconetti’s Joan of Arc. Digital restoration courtesy of Cineteca di Bologna