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  • Summary: Kite 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, tumbling and flying high. When a successful Delhi businessman takes his daughter on a surprise trip back to his childhood home for the festival, an entire family has to confront its own fractured past and fragile dreams.
    Music and fireworks, food and laughter, a kaleidoscope of color and light, the magic of the kite flying high – a traditional recipe of healing and renewal. (Khushi Films)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 13, 2012
    100
    This film is joyous, but more than that: It's lovely in its construction. The director, Prashant Bhargava, born and raised on Chicago's South Side, knows what his basic story line is, but reveals it subtly.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 20, 2012
    91
    Above all, literally, are the kites. When a character says, "You fly these kites and feel the joy," we know just what he means.
  3. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Jun 14, 2012
    90
    Patang ("The Kite"), Prashant Bhargava's first feature, has a lovely, unforced quality. That's because Mr. Bhargava lets his story, set during the annual kite festival in Ahmedabad, India, tell itself, unfolding slowly as he follows filmmaking's most basic and most sinned-against dictum: Show, don't tell.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jul 19, 2012
    70
    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 - reminiscent of Wong Kar-Wai's silky urban baths - but it threatens to keep the human drama at arm's length.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jun 12, 2012
    40
    As it is, this attempt at an Altmanesque ensemble piece feels a little dramatically flat even as it's dazzling your retinas.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jun 11, 2012
    38
    Far more concerned with indulging a slightly less glossy Slumdog Millionaire-like aesthetic than dealing with the frayed relationships of its characters.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jun 12, 2012
    30
    Less Bollywood than Generic Asian Family Drama Lite, when it's not a flat-out sunset-choked infomercial for Ahmedabad and its annual rooftop kite-flying festival.

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