Patang (2012)



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A poetic journey to the old city of Ahmedabad, Patang weaves together the stories of six people transformed by the energy of India's largest kite festival. Every year a million kites fill the skies above Ahmedabad-dueling, soaring, tumbling and flying high. When a successful Delhi businessman takes his daughter on a surprise trip back to his childhood home for the festival, an entire family has to confront its own fractured past and fragile dreams. Music and fireworks, food and laughter, a kaleidoscope of color and light, the magic of the kite flying high - a traditional recipe of healing and renewal. -- (C) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for Patang

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

When a character says, "You fly these kites and feel the joy," we know just what he means.

Full Review… | July 20, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
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Bhargava's naturalistic approach to capturing the sights and sounds of a city in full revelry on rooftops and in the streets is colorfully vivid...

July 19, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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The story falls flat and the impressionistic style - snippets of conversation, extreme close-ups, jittery handheld camera work - loses appeal after the first half hour.

Full Review… | July 12, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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Using a documentary-like style, the film is India as if captured by Instagram.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
Globe and Mail
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[It] has a lovely, unforced quality.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
New York Times
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This film is joyous, but more than that: It's lovely in its construction.

Full Review… | June 13, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Patang

Authentic. Visually rich, verbally subtle, soaks you in slowly. Takes you in, as part of the family, to the tensions, joys and rhythms of India's largest kite festival. A must see on the big screen. I want to see it again! Soon.

Todd Sutler
Todd Sutler

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