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A poetic journey to the old city of Ahmedabad, Patang weaves together the stories of six people transformed by the energy of India's largest kite festival. Every year a million kites fill the skies above Ahmedabad-dueling, soaring, tumbling and flying high. When a successful Delhi businessman takes his daughter on a surprise trip back to his childhood home for the festival, an entire family has to confront its own fractured past and fragile dreams. Music and fireworks, food and laughter, a kaleidoscope of color and light, the magic of the kite flying high - a traditional recipe of healing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When a character says, "You fly these kites and feel the joy," we know just what he means."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Using a documentary-like style, the film is India as if captured by Instagram."
‑ Guy Dixon, Globe and Mail
"Despite an occasional lack of narrative clarity, Patang has enough visual elegance and observant family dynamics to make it worth seeing."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"The characters remain faces on a brochure."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Beautifully acted and hypnotically staged, Patang is a feast for the senses that doesn't fail to deliver its story of family love and healing with real warmth and heart."
‑ Diva Velez,
"Bhargava's naturalistic approach to capturing the sights and sounds of a city in full revelry on rooftops and in the streets is colorfully vivid..."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"[It] has a lovely, unforced quality."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"Bhargava is in love with a visual effect that makes his digital cinematography look like Super 8 film. It's like watching the whole movie through an Instagram filter, and it's utterly unnecessary."
‑ Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto
"Overall, the film works better as a collection of beautiful images rather than as a cohesive narrative."
‑ Robert Tumas, Slant Magazine
"The story falls flat and the impressionistic style - snippets of conversation, extreme close-ups, jittery handheld camera work - loses appeal after the first half hour."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"This film is joyous, but more than that: It's lovely in its construction."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a vibrant film, at least, one that brings to life some of the ups and downs of contemporary family life in India."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Far more concerned with indulging a slightly less glossy Slumdog Millionaire-like aesthetic than dealing with the frayed relationships of its characters."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
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