Siddharth Reviews

February 20, 2015
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.
February 19, 2015
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.
October 9, 2014
It's a sophisticated neo-realist film, beautifully shot and edited to reflect the sense of time and resignation in Indian culture.
August 21, 2014
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.
August 14, 2014
"Siddharth" provides something more valuable than a tidy resolution: a glimpse of the complicated nature of life a world away.
July 18, 2014
A spare, lean, and decidedly unsettling account of the ugly reality of child labor and child abduction in India.
July 17, 2014
Part of what makes "Siddharth" so troubling and moving is the difficulty we have situating our sympathies.
July 17, 2014
It all feels very real.
July 10, 2014
A film of subdued but mounting panic and grief - an unsentimental portrait of poverty in contemporary India and of a benighted man's efforts to understand the world beyond his workaday struggles.
June 28, 2014
A sense of hopelessness invades every frame of "Siddharth," yet its story is not emotionally manipulative.
June 26, 2014
Its portrayal of impoverished, careworn people barking at one another and protecting their territory in a daily struggle is bracingly hardheaded.
June 24, 2014
For all its scenes of orphans and hardscrabble street life, and its spirit of shrugging helplessness, Siddharth always feels ferociously personal.