The Clay Bird (2002)
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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
Jan 1, 2002 Wide
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It's a beautifully simple portrait of a country in ferment and a family struggling to define its soul.
With compassionate restraint, Masud challenges the intimate link of religious fundamentalism to national power.
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.
It has a quiet thoughtfulness that never comes close to being draggy, and a wisdom that is anything but obtuse.
...it has about it the resonance of truth as well as a gentle equanimity
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.
The earthy imagery is delicate while the drama is oddly elliptical, creating a lovely film of storybook images and parables.
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.
A slice-of-life movie set against the backdrop of Bangladeshi independence
The Clay Bird is a incredibly humbling experience that you'd be a fool to miss.
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.
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