The Clay Bird (2002)

The Clay Bird



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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Tareque Masud, Catherine Masud
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2006
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as Ibrahim

as Bakiullah

as Halim Mia

as Karim Majhi-Boyati

as Shaheen
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Critic Reviews for The Clay Bird

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (14)

Has a kind of twofold eloquence.

Full Review… | August 20, 2004
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.

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

Full Review… | July 16, 2004
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
Hollywood Reporter
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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
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Poignant and beautiful.

Full Review… | June 11, 2004
Miami Herald
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Audience Reviews for The Clay Bird


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??

Somesh Karanjee

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