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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Largely a documentary filmmaker, Masud may need a few more features under his belt before his work has a consistent flow.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
There's just not that much genuine conflict to sink your teeth into.
...it has about it the resonance of truth as well as a gentle equanimity
| Original Score: A
With compassionate restraint, Masud challenges the intimate link of religious fundamentalism to national power.
| Original Score: 3/4
The real rewards, though, will go to the viewers lucky enough to catch a screening of The Clay Bird.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The earthy imagery is delicate while the drama is oddly elliptical, creating a lovely film of storybook images and parables.
| Original Score: B
... done with conviction for the long-suffering people of Bangladesh.
| Original Score: A-
Set in Bangladesh in the 1960's, Tareque Masud's intelligent drama questions the nature of dedication to Islam.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
It's a beautifully simple portrait of a country in ferment and a family struggling to define its soul.
| Original Score: 4/4
Excellent film from Bangladesh.
| Original Score: 4/5
It has a quiet thoughtfulness that never comes close to being draggy, and a wisdom that is anything but obtuse.
| Original Score: 3/4
A positive plea for the sane middle ground amidst the insistence of extremism.
The Clay Bird is a incredibly humbling experience that you'd be a fool to miss.
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.
Written by Masud and his wife, Catherine Masud, the script is intelligent and affecting.
Approaching Anu's childhood with quite considerable skill, Masud creates a gentle portrait of growing up during changing times.
| Original Score: 3/5
Throughout, The Clay Bird recalls the empathy for childhood's innocence and lust for living -- as well as the visual rapture and naturalness -- of Ray's great Pather Panchali.
The phrase 'small gem' was made for a movie like this one.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5