Patang (2012)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 15, 2012
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

When a character says, "You fly these kites and feel the joy," we know just what he means.

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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail

Using a documentary-like style, the film is India as if captured by Instagram.

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J Hurtado

The lack of contrivance that turns Patang into a work worthy of admiration.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

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...

Rachel Saltz
New York Times

[It] has a lovely, unforced quality.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Despite an occasional lack of narrative clarity, Patang has enough visual elegance and observant family dynamics to make it worth seeing.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This film is joyous, but more than that: It's lovely in its construction.

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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

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.

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