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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
Jun 15, 2012 Limited
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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...
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.
Using a documentary-like style, the film is India as if captured by Instagram.
Despite an occasional lack of narrative clarity, Patang has enough visual elegance and observant family dynamics to make it worth seeing.
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.
It's a vibrant film, at least, one that brings to life some of the ups and downs of contemporary family life in India.
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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