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  • Summary: A father and daughter are separated but are never truly apart in this touching story of a family tragically divided. Reshma is a troubled teenager in 1980s New York who struggles to discover a sense of self and strength amidst a daunting array of pressures and betrayals. While continually grappling with her tumultuous relationship with her mother, Reshma holds on to her dreams of reuniting with the father in Guyana she has not seen or heard from in thirteen years. (Truly Indie) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Nov 6, 2012
    50
    It opens our eyes to a subculture about which most of us know very little, but it is so unsteady in its focus that interest wanes.
  2. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Nov 6, 2012
    40
    It ends up being largely just another story about a rebellious American teenager.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Nov 6, 2012
    40
    Little girls never stop loving their daddies in Festival of Lights, a drama that never stops loving soap-opera-style melodramatics.
  4. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 7, 2012
    40
    A novel cultural focus, highlighting Guyanese citizens of Indian ancestry, isn't enough to sustain interest in the lifeless film, which will attract few outside the Indo-Guyanese community.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Nov 12, 2012
    40
    Complex story twists unfold to confusing effect, while characters angrily toss cliches at one another and revelations multiply rather than resolve murky plot developments.
  6. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Nov 6, 2012
    38
    Prasad has a hard time keeping her bulging narrative straight; the twitchy editing, jarring close-ups and bobbing camera only muddle the audience.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Nov 6, 2012
    25
    Fifteen minutes into Festival of Lights you come to the discouraging realization that you know every infuriating plot beat that will follow.

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