The Clay Bird Image
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  • Summary: A young student is torn between the worlds of Hindu and Muslim religions in this Bangladeshi film directed by Tareque Masud. (Milestone Films)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    100
    Unfolds with the serenity of a fable but underneath it draws intelligent, deeply troubled connections between the personal, political, and spiritual.
  2. 90
    Easily one of the finest pictures of 2003 or any other year.
  3. The earthy imagery is delicate while the drama is oddly elliptical, creating a lovely film of storybook images and parables. It's both obvious and elusive and, historical specifics aside, almost timeless.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    Accomplished, emotionally involving film.
  5. Reviewed by: Elliott Stein
    70
    The film's critique of Islam is offered without rancor, and it's evident that Masud loves all his characters, whatever their viewpoints.
  6. Strikes several beautiful and lingering chords about the human condition, but the notes of the music ultimately never come together to form a coherent song.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. SaberaA.
    Apr 8, 2006
    10
    Brilliant! Very relevant even now, especially in todays political climate. One of the best Bengali language films since Days and Nights in Brilliant! Very relevant even now, especially in todays political climate. One of the best Bengali language films since Days and Nights in the Forest. I love this film because it felt real and reminds me of stories my dad use to tell me when he as a young student during the sixties in Bangladesh. Expand
  2. Sep 8, 2013
    10
    wow one of the greatest movie i ever seen.it has some real live things that happen in poor countries in old days.Unfolds with the serenity ofwow one of the greatest movie i ever seen.it has some real live things that happen in poor countries in old days.Unfolds with the serenity of a fable but underneath it draws intelligent, deeply troubled connections between the personal, political, and spiritual. Expand