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Siddharth takes an achingly compassionate and deeply unsettling look at all-too-common circumstances in modern-day India.
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Simple but engrossing, Canadian director Richie Mehta's Siddharth is the story of an Indian father searching for his missing son, and offers a window into the lives of India's working poor that goes beyond the familiar issues of food and shelter.
Tension builds along with hopelessness but Mehta avoids making judgments or giving easy answers about the circumstances that led to Siddharth being sent off to work.
It's a sophisticated neo-realist film, beautifully shot and edited to reflect the sense of time and resignation in Indian culture.
Though at times "Siddharth" can resemble a well-photographed report on India's social and economic ills, Mehta subtly employs different styles to sustain the poetry, poignancy, and drama.
"Siddharth" provides something more valuable than a tidy resolution: a glimpse of the complicated nature of life a world away.
A spare, lean, and decidedly unsettling account of the ugly reality of child labor and child abduction in India.
Joyous, heartrending and illuminating, Siddharth is a film that's more about how the daunting journey changes a family than where it takes them.
When everyone's desperate and looking out for themselves, it's easy to slip through the cracks as Siddharth does.
It's a striking and polished addition to the catalogue of recent cinema set in India and is a bracing antidote to the spit-shined glibness of Slumdog Millionaire.
The film is made up of details, and these details create characters who are human beings and not just one dimensional victims.
Mehta keeps his sociopolitical critique in the background, allowing it to inform but not interfere with his intimate and devastating story.
Powerful family drama.
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