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  • Summary: Amu is the story of Kaju, a twenty-one-year-old Indian American woman who returns to India to visit her family. The film takes a dark turn as Kaju stumbles against secrets and lies from her past. A horrifying genocide that took place twenty years ago turns out to hold the key to herAmu is the story of Kaju, a twenty-one-year-old Indian American woman who returns to India to visit her family. The film takes a dark turn as Kaju stumbles against secrets and lies from her past. A horrifying genocide that took place twenty years ago turns out to hold the key to her mysterious origins. (Emerging Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. The movie takes on the quality of a first-rate detective story.
  2. Despite the overt message and Manichean universe it pushes, Amu manages some memorable cinematic moments while getting the word out for its cause.
  3. 70
    This debut feature from writer-director Shonali Bose has a powerful finale, in which the filmmaker uses imaginative camera angles and a vibrant sound design to re-create the turmoil and terror of the riots.
  4. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    60
    Admirably idealistic but dramatically awkward.
  5. Reviewed by: Jessica Grose
    50
    Too bad first-time writer-director Shonali Bose's juxtaposition of the personal and the political often feels forced, and like many didactic history lessons, this one's about 20 minutes too long.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    50
    In Shonali Bose's tightly constructed debut feature... the slaughter of thousands of Sikhs during the riots sparked by Indira Ghandi's assassination take on greater personal significance.
  7. 38
    Fails to grab the imagination as it unfolds in familiar TV-movie fashion.

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  1. SashaF.
    May 25, 2007
    10
    It was a very touching film, and rather complex in its depiction of the genocide. It doesn't try and explain everything to you, and It was a very touching film, and rather complex in its depiction of the genocide. It doesn't try and explain everything to you, and assumes you are intelligent enough to get it. I guess folks from the New York Post aren't though. Well, too bad for them, if they want everything handed on a platter to them . Expand