Fire in the Mountains

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    A.O. ScottNew York Times
    Its criticisms of patriarchal authority, bureaucratic corruption and superstition in rural India are sharp and unsparing, but its political themes are embedded in a humanism that is at once expansive and specific.
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    Christian BlauveltindieWire
    A mix of heavenly landscapes and desperate lives, Ajitpal Singh's debut feature is like if Apu in Pather Panchali had TikTok...
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    Anupama ChopraFilm Companion
    Through the snapshot of one family, struggling to stay afloat, director Ajitpal Singh constructs a strident critique of globalized India...
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    Carlos AguilarRogerEbert.com
    [Singh] abstains from making any conclusions, but what he does present is a strong indictment.
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    Tomris LafflyVariety
    "Fire in the Mountains" is a conventional tale that pits progressive ideals against tradition. But what makes it work is Singh's resolve to avoid miserablism and remain nonjudgmental throughout...
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    Wade MajorFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    A very impressive first film. It's not a great film, but it's a very noble one.
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    Julian RomanMovieWeb
    Fire in the Mountains paints a somber picture of servitude in a place of majestic beauty. A subjugated protagonist is taken for granted by everyone around her. Director/writer Ajitpal Singh delivers a richly dramatic feature debut.
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    Mark DujsikMark Reviews Movies
    Fire in the Mountains loses a bit too much focus on the central relationship...
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    Edward DouglasThe Weekend Warrior
    I just wasn’t able to get into whatever Singh was trying to achieve.
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    Robert KojderFlickering Myth
    The heavily personal first-time feature from writer and director Ajitpal Singh is often emotionally harrowing, vividly striking, increasingly hard to watch, and leaves a hell of an impression
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