Ordinary People
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Ordinary traces the life of a bunch of people in the village of Gavi. A KSRTC bus is the only mode that connects the village with the outside world. One needs to cross seven dams to reach the village. Biju Menon and Kunchacko Boban play the driver and the conductor of the bus, respectively. The story traces their relation with the villagers.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"What Redford accomplishes is to provide an excellent portrait of how well families can hide their inner turmoil from the prying eyes of outsiders."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The film looks austere and serious, rather as if it had been shot inside a Frigidaire, and the oppressiveness of the images tends to strangle laughter, even at the most absurd excesses of Alvin Sargent's script."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Under Redford's direction, even the smallest scenes practically leap off the screen."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"A masterpiece."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Only reaching Chekhovian heights in its dreams."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"An austere and delicate examination of the ways in which a likable family falters under pressure and struggles, with ambiguous results, to renew itself."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"An actors' movie and an advert for therapy, extremely bitter, but handsomely directed in its elegant pretentiousness."
‑ , Time Out
"This is still an auspicious directorial debut that stands as one of the first films to deal intelligently with the role of therapy."
‑ Sue Heal, Radio Times
"Better than forever being dismissed with a huffy "I can't believe that beat Raging Bull"."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Fully deserving of its many accolades."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"A powerfully intimate domestic drama."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"An intelligent, perceptive, and deeply moving film."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It is an extraordinary achievement in an unforgettable film."
‑ , People Magazine
"Story of emotional honesty is best for older kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"For an Oscar-winner it's unusually bleak but the power is very carefully controlled."
‑ , Film4
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