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)
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. Ultimately stronger on characterization and atmosphere than narrative. But its portrait of a society torn apart by, among other things, religious fundamentalism, is all too currently resonant.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    The film draws careful parallels between orthodoxies and in his own quiet way, Masud, a devout Muslim, level his critique at repressive political regimes and religious doctrines, and those who dangerously confuse one with the other.
  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. 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 of a fable but underneath it draws intelligent, deeply troubled connections between the personal, political, and spiritual. Expand

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