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The Clay Bird

The Clay Bird (2002)

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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 0

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The Clay Bird takes place in the late '60s, in East Pakistan, on the eve of a violent revolution that created the independent state of Bangladesh. Anu (Nurul Islam Bablu) lives with his fundamentalist Muslim father, Kazi (Jayanto Chattopadhyay), who practices homeopathic medicine. Anu's mother, Ayesha (Rokeya Prachy) was once a spirited girl, but she's become sullen in subservience to her increasingly taciturn husband. Anu also has a sweet but sickly little sister, Asma. Milon, Kazi's younger

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Has a kind of twofold eloquence.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It's a beautifully simple portrait of a country in ferment and a family struggling to define its soul.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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With compassionate restraint, Masud challenges the intimate link of religious fundamentalism to national power.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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The filmmaker's clear empathy for his characters and close knowledge of his subject matter gives the film a vibrant authenticity that well compensates for any narrative flaws.

July 3, 2004
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It has a quiet thoughtfulness that never comes close to being draggy, and a wisdom that is anything but obtuse.

June 17, 2004
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Poignant and beautiful.

June 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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... done with conviction for the long-suffering people of Bangladesh.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...it has about it the resonance of truth as well as a gentle equanimity

December 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Clay Bird is beautifully photographed, and the central story is compelling but, too often, the characters feel like stick figures being manipulated to prove the movie's valid, but obvious, point.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The earthy imagery is delicate while the drama is oddly elliptical, creating a lovely film of storybook images and parables.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

While The Clay Bird might be a bit too restrained for its own dramatic good, at least the film sheds light on a significant part of world history in a way relevant to contemporary viewers.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

There's just not that much genuine conflict to sink your teeth into.

July 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

A slice-of-life movie set against the backdrop of Bangladeshi independence

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

The Clay Bird is a incredibly humbling experience that you'd be a fool to miss.

June 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

It's a perfect title for a film that deals so passionately with freedom -- spiritual and political -- and coming of age, not just of Anu, but an entire nation.

April 30, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Largely a documentary filmmaker, Masud may need a few more features under his belt before his work has a consistent flow.

April 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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