Patang Reviews

November 6, 2017
The lack of contrivance that turns Patang into a work worthy of admiration.
July 20, 2012
When a character says, "You fly these kites and feel the joy," we know just what he means.
July 19, 2012
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 12, 2012
Despite an occasional lack of narrative clarity, Patang has enough visual elegance and observant family dynamics to make it worth seeing.
July 12, 2012
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.
June 22, 2012
Bhargava is in love with a visual effect that makes his digital cinematography look like Super 8 film. It's like watching the whole movie through an Instagram filter, and it's utterly unnecessary.
June 22, 2012
Using a documentary-like style, the film is India as if captured by Instagram.
June 20, 2012
It's a vibrant film, at least, one that brings to life some of the ups and downs of contemporary family life in India.
June 15, 2012
The characters remain faces on a brochure.
June 14, 2012
[It] has a lovely, unforced quality.
June 14, 2012
This film is joyous, but more than that: It's lovely in its construction.
June 12, 2012
This attempt at an Altmanesque ensemble piece feels a little dramatically flat even as it's dazzling your retinas.
June 12, 2012
Less Bollywood than Generic Asian Family Drama Lite, when it's not a flat-out sunset-choked infomercial for Ahmedabad and its annual rooftop kite-flying festival.
June 9, 2012
Overall, the film works better as a collection of beautiful images rather than as a cohesive narrative.
June 9, 2012
Far more concerned with indulging a slightly less glossy Slumdog Millionaire-like aesthetic than dealing with the frayed relationships of its characters.
May 14, 2012
Beautifully acted and hypnotically staged, Patang is a feast for the senses that doesn't fail to deliver its story of family love and healing with real warmth and heart.