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 kaleidoscope of color and light, the magic of the kite flying high - a traditional recipe of healing and renewal. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Patang
When a character says, "You fly these kites and feel the joy," we know just what he means.
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...
Despite an occasional lack of narrative clarity, Patang has enough visual elegance and observant family dynamics to make it worth seeing.
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.
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.
Using a documentary-like style, the film is India as if captured by Instagram.
It's a vibrant film, at least, one that brings to life some of the ups and downs of contemporary family life in India.
This film is joyous, but more than that: It's lovely in its construction.
This attempt at an Altmanesque ensemble piece feels a little dramatically flat even as it's dazzling your retinas.
Less Bollywood than Generic Asian Family Drama Lite, when it's not a flat-out sunset-choked infomercial for Ahmedabad and its annual rooftop kite-flying festival.
Overall, the film works better as a collection of beautiful images rather than as a cohesive narrative.
Far more concerned with indulging a slightly less glossy Slumdog Millionaire-like aesthetic than dealing with the frayed relationships of its characters.
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