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The Clay Bird (2002)

The Clay Bird


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 612


Movie Info

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 … More

Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Catherine Masud , Tareque Masud
In Theaters:
Sep 26, 2006
Milestone Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Clay Bird

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (3) | DVD (2)

Has a kind of twofold eloquence.

Full Review… | August 20, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's a beautifully simple portrait of a country in ferment and a family struggling to define its soul.

Full Review… | July 30, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

With compassionate restraint, Masud challenges the intimate link of religious fundamentalism to national power.

Full Review… | July 16, 2004
Denver Post
Top Critic

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
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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

June 17, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Poignant and beautiful.

Full Review… | June 11, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

... done with conviction for the long-suffering people of Bangladesh.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews has about it the resonance of truth as well as a gentle equanimity

Full Review… | December 31, 2004
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.

Full Review… | August 26, 2004
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2004
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | July 30, 2004
Boston Herald

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

Full Review… | July 16, 2004
Movie Habit

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

Full Review… | June 7, 2004
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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2004
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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2004
Boxoffice Magazine

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