Amu Reviews

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February 15, 2021
The film is a worthy effort. The scenes of 'ethnic cleansing' in 1984 are horrific, especially an efficient, cold-blooded attack on a train.
November 17, 2011
March 1, 2009
The 1984 Delhi riots [are worked into] into the story of an American-raised college graduate who returns to her South Asian roots and is shocked by what she finds.
June 21, 2007
Shot with remarkable confidence and an understated eloquence.
June 15, 2007
A work of evident passion and outrage, Amu is also remarkable for its humanism and persuasive, natural presentation.
June 15, 2007
Less about finger-pointing than a plea for India to confront its past.
June 14, 2007
An admirable labor of love that stumbles dramatically but gets along on its sincere good intentions.
June 14, 2007
The flashback sequences are vibrant and intense, and the film's long closing shot is so dense with feeling for a nation and its people that Bose deserves to be noted as a filmmaker to watch.
May 30, 2007
[Amu] is clearly a labor of love for the activist filmmaker, as she breaks all the traditional inhibitions of Bollywood to remind the world of -- and, for most of us, reveal for the first time -- one of the most shameful episodes in Indian history.
May 25, 2007
In Shonali Bose's tightly constructed debut feature (2005) a young Indian-American woman from Los Angeles returns to Delhi for the first time since childhood to visit her relatives.
May 25, 2007
[Though] undermined by uneven performances, preachy digressions and a handful of clunky scenes, it's nonetheless compelling on a personal level.
May 25, 2007
Fails to grab the imagination as it unfolds in familiar TV-movie fashion.
May 25, 2007
[Director Bose] has a genuine gift for atmosphere, making the many wordless scenes, in teeming streets and on crowded trains, the movie's best.
May 25, 2007
The flat, pat talk is symptomatic of Amu's overriding problem: It has no sense of personal style.
May 25, 2007
Amu, the ambitious debut feature by Shonali Bose, wears its political heart on its sleeve and is unafraid to tackle big topics: identity, history, truth, injustice.
May 24, 2007
1984 may have a certain negative meaning to Westerners ever since Orwell immortalized that futuristic dystopia. But for India's Sikhs, 1984 has a far more dreaded historical significance, and one oddly buried here deep within their collective memory.
May 24, 2007
Writer-director Shonali Bose makes a sensational feature debut with this moving, powerful and suspenseful film.
May 23, 2007
Too bad first-time writer-director Shonali Bose's juxtaposition of the personal and the political often feels forced, and like many didactic history lessons, this one's about 20 minutes too long.
May 11, 2007
Deeply affecting tale of the slaughter of Sikhs in 1984.
May 10, 2007
We wait a long time for the political points to become resonant as the movie slogs through aimless, dull, family chit-chat.
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