Amu (2006)

Kaju, a 21-year-old Indian American woman, returns to India to visit her family, only to stumble upon secrets and lies from her past. A horrifying genocide that took place 20 years ago turns out to hold the key to her mysterious origins.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 17, 2006
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Anderson

Shot with remarkable confidence and an understated eloquence.

Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

The flashback sequences are vibrant and intense, and the film's long closing shot is so dense with feeling for a nation and its people that Bose deserves to be noted as a filmmaker to watch.

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Maitland McDonagh
Miss FlickChick

The 1984 Delhi riots [are worked into] into the story of an American-raised college graduate who returns to her South Asian roots and is shocked by what she finds.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

Less about finger-pointing than a plea for India to confront its past.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

[Amu] is clearly a labor of love for the activist filmmaker, as she breaks all the traditional inhibitions of Bollywood to remind the world of -- and, for most of us, reveal for the first time -- one of the most shameful episodes in Indian history.

Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

A work of evident passion and outrage, Amu is also remarkable for its humanism and persuasive, natural presentation.

Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times

An admirable labor of love that stumbles dramatically but gets along on its sincere good intentions.

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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader

In Shonali Bose's tightly constructed debut feature (2005) a young Indian-American woman from Los Angeles returns to Delhi for the first time since childhood to visit her relatives.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

[Though] undermined by uneven performances, preachy digressions and a handful of clunky scenes, it's nonetheless compelling on a personal level.

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Leo L
An intriguing movie that follows a young woman's journey into discovering the mystery about her past. With a new friend in tow, Kabir helps Kaju try to… More