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Festival of Lights (2010)

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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A troubled teen in 1980s-era New York longs to reunite with her father in Guyana while enduring a tumultuous relationship with her mother in this drama that marks the feature debut of documentary filmmaker Shundell Prasad. Thirteen years ago, Reshma's father was denied his U.S. visa. Insisting that the young girl and her mother seek out a better life in the U.S., the heartbroken father remains behind in Guana. As Reshma grows into adolescence, the challenges of living in a fractured household

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (10)

The travel-heavy third act, which leapfrogs a host of key plot points, risibly defies logic and clarity as the film barrels toward its forced and sentimental conclusion.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Somewhere in her switch from documaking to fiction filmmaking, Shundell Prasad seems to have lost touch with clarity.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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Universal themes aren't enough to buoy unimaginative drama.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Prasad has a hard time keeping her bulging narrative straight; the twitchy editing, jarring close-ups and bobbing camera only muddle the audience.

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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It ends up being largely just another story about a rebellious American teenager.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Little girls never stop loving their daddies in Festival of Lights, a drama that never stops loving soap-opera-style melodramatics.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A vivid portrait of the troubled journey of a mother and daughter who flee Guyana and try to set up new lives in America.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Interesting drama about an Indo-Guyanese teenager suffers from amateurish acting and writing.

November 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Unfortunately, the exploration of politics and relationships aren't fully fleshed out under Prasad's unsure direction.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Shundell Prasad's self-consciousness also has an ugly side that's unusually insidious for films this preachy and relentlessly dull.

October 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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