Amu Reviews

November 17, 2011
June 21, 2007
Shot with remarkable confidence and an understated eloquence.
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.
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
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 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.
February 16, 2007
[Director] Bose embeds her history lesson in a drama with authentic emotional mother-daughter conflict.
February 16, 2007
Good intentions do eventually trump mediocre drama and the climactic flashbacks of the riots, as Sikhs are torn out of homes and trains by murderous mobs, are the stuff of nightmares.