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Director Pim de la Parra, who's spent most of his career working in the Netherlands, returned to his homeland of Suriname in the early days of its independence to make this little-known 1976 gem. Roy (Borger Breeveld), a Creole college student, is called back from the Netherlands to Suriname, where his mother is dying. Immediately after her funeral, he begins a passionate affair with a beautiful Hindu woman (Diana Gangaram Pandya), a match that inflames the prejudices of both their families. The loosely structured narrative poetically captures Roy's reconnection to his culture: in one tightly edited montage, he grazes his way through an open market, sampling one food after another in an epicurean rapture. In Dutch, Hindustani, and Sranan with subtitles. 90 min. Gene Siskel Film Center.

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