When a character says, "You fly these kites and feel the joy," we know just what he means.
| Original Score: A-
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...
| Original Score: 3/5
Despite an occasional lack of narrative clarity, Patang has enough visual elegance and observant family dynamics to make it worth seeing.
| Original Score: 3/4
Using a documentary-like style, the film is India as if captured by Instagram.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
It's a vibrant film, at least, one that brings to life some of the ups and downs of contemporary family life in India.
| Original Score: B
[It] has a lovely, unforced quality.
| Original Score: 4/5
This film is joyous, but more than that: It's lovely in its construction.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
The characters remain faces on a brochure.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4