Aparajito is the second film in the Apu trilogy. Apu has just moved to a new apartment when his father dies. His mother has to work, but they move to a village after a relative helps them out. Apu goes to school and becomes enchanted with learning. When he becomes an adult, he gets a scholarship and leaves the village. He tries to study hard and visit his mother when he can. However, she is seriously ill and hiding it because she does not want him to leave school. Will Apu learn the truth and go back to the village?
This feels a little bit like a slice of life story with some tragedy. Most people who’ve seen the whole trilogy say it’s the weakest film of the series, although it’s still good enough to be watchable. One of the best scenes is Apu’s school life, we can feel his joy as he learns about the world. The ending is sad in a subtle way as a relative tells Apu that his mom is dead and that he should leave the village. There’s no hysterics, but you know he’s torn up inside. Honolulu film fans should watch this movie.
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