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Friday, April 22, 2011

THE KITE

A NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION

By D.E.Levine

Uttarayan is the largest kite festival in India. A three-day festival held in the city of Ahmedaabad that attracts people from all over the country.

While not a typical Bollywood film with costumed dance numbers erupting throughout, this film the story of a man who returns home for the festival, with his daughter.

The film is crowded with characters, just as India is crowded with people. While allowing the audience to see and experience the flavor of the city and the excitement of the festival.

However, the film drags and seems much longer than necessary. There seem to be too many characters within the main character's family and friends. Perhaps because this film concentrates on relationships rather than building to a major climax, there is a slackening off well before the end.

To those viewer who have been to India, they will relate to the realism off the real life scenes. To viewers who have never been to India, they will enjoy the realistic slice of life of the streets and family.