Based on two short stories by Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore (a third episode was cut from the film by its American distributor), Satyajit Ray’s 1961 film displays his customary limpid realism and penetrating sense of character. The first tale is a tragedy about a village girl who falls in love with the postmaster temporarily stationed in her town; the second is a comedy, in which a peasant girl rebels against her parents’ plans for her life on the eve of her arranged wedding.