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The Clay Bird Reviews

Time Out
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February 9, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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September 3, 2004
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Has a kind of twofold eloquence.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 20, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 4/4

July 30, 2004
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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With compassionate restraint, Masud challenges the intimate link of religious fundamentalism to national power.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 16, 2004
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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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
Howard Shapiro
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It has a quiet thoughtfulness that never comes close to being draggy, and a wisdom that is anything but obtuse.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 17, 2004
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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Poignant and beautiful.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

June 11, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Subtle to the point of inscrutability, the 1960s-set The Clay Bird is a nonetheless compelling look at both the personal and social dynamics of a Muslim family living uneasily among Hindus in East Pakistan.

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May 28, 2004
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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The power of this quiet little film lies in the lyricism of its images of life on Bangladesh's waterways and in its towns ... and in the naturalistic performances from its cast of mostly nonprofessional actors.

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May 28, 2004
Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
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The phrase 'small gem' was made for a movie like this one.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

April 30, 2004
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Written by Masud and his wife, Catherine Masud, the script is intelligent and affecting.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2004
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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Set in Bangladesh in the 1960's, Tareque Masud's intelligent drama questions the nature of dedication to Islam.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 29, 2004
Elliott Stein
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 27, 2004
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