Critics Consensus

Amu uses one woman's experiences to train a lens on a painful period in Indian history with heartbreaking clarity.



Total Count: 22


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1,317
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Movie Info

Kaju, a 21-year-old Indian American woman, returns to India to visit her family, only to stumble upon secrets and lies from her past. A horrifying genocide that took place 20 years ago turns out to hold the key to her mysterious origins.

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Critic Reviews for Amu

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (4)

  • Shot with remarkable confidence and an understated eloquence.

    Jun 21, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

    John Anderson

    Top Critic
  • Less about finger-pointing than a plea for India to confront its past.

    Jun 15, 2007
  • An admirable labor of love that stumbles dramatically but gets along on its sincere good intentions.

    Jun 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 14, 2007 | Full Review…
  • [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 30, 2007

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • 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 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Amu

  • Feb 29, 2008
    An intriguing movie that follows a young woman's journey into discovering the mystery about her past. With a new friend in tow, Kabir helps Kaju try to discover the truth about the range of secrets that her mother isn't telling her. Her search leads to a shocking realization about her true identity and those she has long forgotten about. Konkona Sen Sharma, Ankur Khanna, Brinda Karat, Choiti Ghosh, and Yashpal Sharma stars. Worth seeing!!
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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