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Patang (2012)

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3

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A poetic journey to the old city of Ahmedabad, Patang weaves together the stories of six people transformed by the energy of India's largest kite festival. Every year a million kites fill the skies above Ahmedabad-dueling, soaring, tumbling and flying high. When a successful Delhi businessman takes his daughter on a surprise trip back to his childhood home for the festival, an entire family has to confront its own fractured past and fragile dreams. Music and fireworks, food and laughter, a

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When a character says, "You fly these kites and feel the joy," we know just what he means.

July 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Bhargava's naturalistic approach to capturing the sights and sounds of a city in full revelry on rooftops and in the streets is colorfully vivid...

July 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The story falls flat and the impressionistic style - snippets of conversation, extreme close-ups, jittery handheld camera work - loses appeal after the first half hour.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Using a documentary-like style, the film is India as if captured by Instagram.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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[It] has a lovely, unforced quality.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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This film is joyous, but more than that: It's lovely in its construction.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Despite an occasional lack of narrative clarity, Patang has enough visual elegance and observant family dynamics to make it worth seeing.

July 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
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Bhargava is in love with a visual effect that makes his digital cinematography look like Super 8 film. It's like watching the whole movie through an Instagram filter, and it's utterly unnecessary.

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

It's a vibrant film, at least, one that brings to life some of the ups and downs of contemporary family life in India.

June 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The characters remain faces on a brochure.

June 15, 2012 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Overall, the film works better as a collection of beautiful images rather than as a cohesive narrative.

June 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Far more concerned with indulging a slightly less glossy Slumdog Millionaire-like aesthetic than dealing with the frayed relationships of its characters.

June 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Beautifully acted and hypnotically staged, Patang is a feast for the senses that doesn't fail to deliver its story of family love and healing with real warmth and heart.

May 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheDivaReview.com
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