Drama | English, Bengali with English subtitles | 121 minutes
Ashoke and Ashima immigrate from Calcutta to the United States. They have two children, Gogol and Sonia. While the parents slowly adjust, Gogol becomes a troubled, pot-smoking teenager. In the classroom, the teacher describes the writer Gogol as dissolute and perverted. Gogol wonders why his parents gave him such a problematic name. He becomes attracted to Maxine, a white, privileged young woman, hoping to forget his Indian background. The relationship doesn’t pan out. Gogol’s father suddenly dies from a massive heart attack. When Gogol attends the funeral on the banks of the Ganges, he begins to appreciate his Indian background and culture.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 86%
- Metacritic Score: 82
- Gotham Awards: Nominated, Best Feature Film
- Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year: National Board of Review, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today
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