The Clay Bird (2002)
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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.
Audience Reviews for The Clay Bird
The Clay Bird, an examination of Islam as seen through a child's eyes in the midst of Bangladesh's violent formation, is too muddled to be truly effective. It's hard to follow the historical thrust of the story, and the various cultures, religions, and political movements aren't clearly delineated for outsiders. It's hard to imagine really appreciating the movie without being deeply invested in Bengali history. Still, the film features some touching moments, great performances from its young actors, and features some interesting insight that isn't fleshed-out or balanced enough to warrant much deliberation, but still provides a glimpse of a different, sometimes disturbing, way of life.
Tareque Masud has painted an honest picture of life in a Bangladeshi village during the early 70's. The relationships between the family members and the changes in their life brought forth by the Moslem fundamentalist influence is portrayed very well. Overall its a very well balanced film and leaves an inquiring mind wondering: Why??
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