Saturday, 11 October 2014

SIDDHARTH

A chain-wallah from Delhi travels across India in search of his missing son, in the hopes that whoever took him, returns him unharmed.

A gentle, but penetrating look, at child kidnapping for child labour in India. The story unfolds without excess as one family - a father, mother and daughter - struggle to come to terms with their missing family member and the absolute frustration that comes with a sense of powerlessness. SIDDHARTH is beautifully filmed with surprising insights into Indian culture and society. A mature, passionate movie that allows the viewer to enter into the story in an almost meditative way. Felt a little long at times but, overall, very rewarding with a very strong finale.

***1/2

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