Ocean of Pearls
Ocean of Pearls (2008)

A man who moves between two worlds but belongs to neither discovers that in order to find peace he will first have to achieve his own singular identity in this introspective drama from director Sarab S. Neelam. Amrit Singh is a… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 2, 2008
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice

Overly earnest but engaging.

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Lance Goldenberg
L.A. Weekly

Rest assured that all is resolved with a minimum of muss, fuss and imagination.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A provocative, well-acted and moderately heartfelt drama that suffers from lack of bite and boldness while resorting to oversimplifications, facileness and contrivance.

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Rachel Saltz
New York Times

Ocean, smoothly directed by Sarab S. Neelam, mostly comes down on the side of tradition and, like Amrit, is dutiful and virtuous. And, like him, it's also a bit too well mannered to make a strong impact.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

It sounds heavy-handed, and it is. Although the film looks professional, it feels like a soap opera with a message. High marks for good intentions, but that's about all.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Ocean of Pearls is, underneath the gross sentimentality, racist and shameless, and it might be dangerous if it weren't so forgettable and on-the-nose.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

That Neelam was a medical doctor before becoming a filmmaker gives his picture its exceptional impact and complexity.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The acting here is surprisingly even and Neelam rarely betrays himself as a newbie behind the camera. For a local indie film, this Ocean is smooth indeed.

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