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The Clay Bird Reviews

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December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 1, 2006
... done with conviction for the long-suffering people of Bangladesh.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 31, 2004 has about it the resonance of truth as well as a gentle equanimity
Read More | Original Score: A
August 20, 2004
Has a kind of twofold eloquence.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2004
The earthy imagery is delicate while the drama is oddly elliptical, creating a lovely film of storybook images and parables.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 8, 2004
While The Clay Bird might be a bit too restrained for its own dramatic good, at least the film sheds light on a significant part of world history in a way relevant to contemporary viewers.
July 30, 2004
It's a beautifully simple portrait of a country in ferment and a family struggling to define its soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 16, 2004
With compassionate restraint, Masud challenges the intimate link of religious fundamentalism to national power.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 16, 2004
A slice-of-life movie set against the backdrop of Bangladeshi independence
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
July 3, 2004
The filmmaker's clear empathy for his characters and close knowledge of his subject matter gives the film a vibrant authenticity that well compensates for any narrative flaws.
June 17, 2004
It has a quiet thoughtfulness that never comes close to being draggy, and a wisdom that is anything but obtuse.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 11, 2004
Poignant and beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 7, 2004
The Clay Bird is a incredibly humbling experience that you'd be a fool to miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 28, 2004
Subtle to the point of inscrutability, the 1960s-set The Clay Bird is a nonetheless compelling look at both the personal and social dynamics of a Muslim family living uneasily among Hindus in East Pakistan.
May 28, 2004
The power of this quiet little film lies in the lyricism of its images of life on Bangladesh's waterways and in its towns ... and in the naturalistic performances from its cast of mostly nonprofessional actors.
April 30, 2004
It's a perfect title for a film that deals so passionately with freedom -- spiritual and political -- and coming of age, not just of Anu, but an entire nation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 30, 2004
The phrase 'small gem' was made for a movie like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 30, 2004
Written by Masud and his wife, Catherine Masud, the script is intelligent and affecting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2004
Excellent film from Bangladesh.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 29, 2004
Set in Bangladesh in the 1960's, Tareque Masud's intelligent drama questions the nature of dedication to Islam.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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