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The Clay Bird Reviews

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December 1, 2012
It's good to see indigenous Bangladeshi cinema that tells a largely straight story. This has some performance interwoven, but is mainly the tale of a small boy sent to a madrassa school, told against a highly charged political and historical backdrop. Masud, the director, is a Muslim in a Muslim society, and clearly has little time for extreme orthodox observance. His implicit critique of his own society, produced for a home audience is powerful and effective.
October 14, 2012
Does exceptionally well portraying the struggle of one boy in understand his father's religious devotion which ultimately brings sadness to his family.
September 18, 2012
5 out of 5 - beautiful, touching and relevant, considering the state of affairs in today's world
½ May 24, 2011
The Clay Bird, an examination of Islam as seen through a child's eyes in the midst of Bangladesh's violent formation, is too muddled to be truly effective. It's hard to follow the historical thrust of the story, and the various cultures, religions, and political movements aren't clearly delineated for outsiders. It's hard to imagine really appreciating the movie without being deeply invested in Bengali history. Still, the film features some touching moments, great performances from its young actors, and features some interesting insight that isn't fleshed-out or balanced enough to warrant much deliberation, but still provides a glimpse of a different, sometimes disturbing, way of life.
June 7, 2010
The film tries to talk about a lot of elementary issues in Bangladesh - religion, revolution, education, superstition and so on. We find a dash of everything although all of them are dealt superficially. The film thus becomes mildly propagandistic. Perhaps it was a conscious compromise that Tareque Masud made for the sake of introducing the rainbow of Bangladesh infront of the world, the west basically, considering the fact that this was the first film (remains the only one till date) from Bangladesh to receive an Oscar nomination. There will always remain an oppertunity to dig deeper into those seperate ideas from here on.
The songs in the film are quite strong in lyrics which renders the film a radical edge that compliments the progress and the plot of the film beautifully. Although, the direction appears a bit amateur at times, Masud had occationally used some powerful shots to prove his mettle, like the scene where Anu goes to feed Rokon his medicines in the room where Rokon is locked but Rokon does not recognise him. He stares blankly at Anu for a minute and then averts his gaze to keep looking at nothing. The light from the lone candle glows on, in between them. That was one haunting scene.
May 19, 2010
Beautiful & touching.
January 10, 2010
cosė tante cose lasciate in sospeso, o che finiscono male :( (c'era da aspettarselo, visto il contesto)
January 2, 2010
Beautiful and moving.
September 14, 2009
Interesting questions about God/Faith from another perspective.
April 12, 2009
Perfect performances from professional actors, children, singers, and novices. A very good story and well told. Beautiful cinematography. Excellent.
½ October 29, 2008
what can i say about the movie...its my uncle who acted....Jayanto Chattopadhyay...u just rocked !@!!@#@#!!!!
½ July 24, 2008
"Why did you infuse my heart with longing, if you didn't give my wings the strength to fly?"...one quote from the movie to summarize everything. It is truly a gem from Bangladesh...wonderful story, beautiful authentic visuals, and some great music to advance the story. Only downside of this movie is stiff acting from some characters.
½ June 20, 2008
Tareque Masud has painted an honest picture of life in a Bangladeshi village during the early 70's. The relationships between the family members and the changes in their life brought forth by the Moslem fundamentalist influence is portrayed very well. Overall its a very well balanced film and leaves an inquiring mind wondering: Why??
May 27, 2008
Simply wonderful, the story of this movie wil touch u whether u r a man from sub-continent or not. The depiction or representation of real-life colour in this movie was breathtaking. I mean the sort-of yellow-gray colour of the river when it is full to the brim during the rainy season, the lavish green of Bengal's paddy-field was just awesome and lovely to watch.
½ April 11, 2008
A touching story set during the 1960s in rural Bangladesh. Beautiful cinematography, and it's very soothing to hear Bangladeshi dialect.
March 23, 2008
Kobor Ki bhai? Excellent little film - love the human depiction of simple everyday people who normally are portrayed as terrorists and what not elsewhere..
March 20, 2008
Very nice film!!! A great look at Sufism, politics and religion in Bangladesh during their independance...many of the actors were actually real ordinary people which provided more credibility...
March 17, 2008
Sad in a poignant way; well done and beautifully filmed...
March 14, 2008
i like indian movies
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