Village Rockstars (2017)

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

All the kids are natural actors, but Bhanita Das is a standout in every scene. As the work-worn mother, Basanti Das embodies the refreshing lack of sentimentality that gives the film its modern attitude.

Sep 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Pluckily optimistic and unsentimental to a fault, writer-director Rima Das' second film is a tonic to third world poverty porn.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…
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Das' warm direction conveys a palpable affection for these people. But the thin plot keeps the audience at a distance.

Dec 5, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

More than Terrence Malick and the existential poetry of his films, Village Rockstars' closest cinematic cousins are Benh Zeitlin's 2012 fable about climate change, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Sean Baker's 2017 masterpiece, The Florida Project.

Sep 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The atmosphere of Village Rockstars is so real that it almost feels like a documentary. Rim Das' direction is the opposite of fussy, allowing the characters and their actions to breathe on screen in a way that speaks to her affection for the subject.

Sep 28, 2018 | Full Review…

The sense of spontaneity in this film will make it particularly appealing to young viewers, and it features the most delightful relationship between a child and a domestic animal since 2015's Lamb.

Sep 28, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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