Devdas ★★★★½

trying to find forms to fit extremely painful emotions, and maybe that's why it's a film that feels most alive at its extremes.

debt to novel source material feels most oppressive in the constant wipe transitions, but if you can pay attention to the ways the image making (bimal roy cinematographer!) breaks away from the needs of the narrative decoupage, or the very strange and very consistent stylization of the acting (it almost always feels like the main 3 points of the love triangle talk to some point beyond the camera, not anyone in the scene), then you get a movie that's fascinating and in moments of very tightly drawn abstraction essential...