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[Director Tariq Tapa's] neorealist approach, not supported by much technique, gets dreary, but he has an ace up his sleeve.
The wisp of a story that drives the film follows the neo-realist template a little too closely.
Rough hewn neo-realist drama from India has its sociological fascinations.
Made for a song with a non-pro cast and DV camera gear out of his backpack, Tariq Tapa's debut feature shows the young Kashmiri-American as a filmmaker of enormous promise and precocious maturity.
While the film's minimalist nature is its greatest asset in the first act, it ultimately makes its flaws and screenwriterly touches all the more apparent, resulting in some great individual slice-of-life sequences and some truly hackneyed ones.
Almost effortlessly, the plot of Zero Bridge grabs you.
Despite story elements that don't jive, successfully personalizes new generation's sadly thwarted yearnings for freedom from traditional restrictions in a stymied place.
A winning example of modesty in front of the camera and intelligence behind it.
The fact that Tariq Tapa's Zero Bridge has been forged on such bare, simple terms makes it hard to quibble with the film's more glaring faults
An amazing first film by a 29 year old director/screenwriter/cameraman on location in war-torn Kashmir. Not explicitly a radical film, it has references to this beautiful country's war-related suffering in almost every frame.
The gritty tale, crafted in the social realist tradition, is a raw metaphor touching on the psychology of mass misery in that Indian occupied police state, where even the movie theaters are now expropriated military headquarters.
This excellent debut film provides an insider's view of life in Kashmir.
"Zero Bridge" starts with Dilawar(Mohamad Emran Tapa) meeting an acquaintance at a bridge, after which they do a little light purse snatching. They have a disagreement about the split which draws the attention of a soldier, landing them both in jail. Dilawar's devout uncle Ali(Ali Muhammed Dar) bails him out. In the meantime, Bani(Taniya Khan) is looking to replace her stolen passport.
While lacking sorely in technique, "Zero Bridge" is still an engaging look at a teenager who is at a stage in his life when he is making tons of mistakes, not thinking that his actions might have consequences. However, this does not excuse his uncle, whose whole life is built on hard work and has asked for nothing, handing down punishments that are on the verge of abusive. All of this happens in Kashmir which is marred by violence, corrobated by news reports and the ubiquitous soldiers who keep people from loitering at a bridge, by force, if necessary. In the end, area youth are left with few options if they want to stay.
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