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Hmmm...let's just say that I had a lot of issues with this movie. First of all, it tries to present itself as some kind of solution to a war which might be nice in theory but is totally impractical. I'm not saying that they should just blow each other up all day, but to say that the Kashmir wars can be ignored and that little boys have nothing better to do than just wander off and play games in magical ponds is pretty silly. I know there's magic to be found in every situation, but in real life these kids don't know where they're next meal is coming from and instead of showing that harsh reality we have to sit through a movie that says, hey, just ignore the bombs and gunshots around you and look at the pretty ponies! Totally not buying it. I know I sound like some rightwing nutso right now, but I know people who have lived in Kashmir and I think they would find this story insulting. It just doesn't treat the situation with the respect it deserves.
Oh my gawd, the little boys in this are SOOO cute, I just want to eat them up! I love movies like this where they take locals and then film them so you think that they might be actors but you know they're really not. The best thing about this movie is how it shows people who have never been to Kashmir or maybe never even heard of it that people are basically the same everywhere - they just want to live a happy and fulfilled life, go to school, go to the market, enjoy their families, etc. The kids in this story are what make the movie as enjoyable as it is, kind of like the kids in "Slumdog Millionaire" but definitely more like the adorable boy in "Taare Zameen Par" directed by Aamir Khan. I would say that India has some really interesting movies from alternative cinema coming out of late and this one is definitely worth checking out. If you're lucky enough to have it playing nearby, don't miss it!
I was expecting something along the lines of that Oscar winning film "The Separation" which I recently saw, but this is definitely not like that. It's more of a fantasy story of children set in a very difficult terrain (like Beasts of the Southern Wild) except here we have little Indian boys who want to explore the Himalayas to see what magic is hidden in the Lotus Pond. I don't know much about India/Pakistan but I do know that the lotus flower and water is considered sacred there. There is only one real adult character in the film (the guy who tells them about the story of the Lotus Pond) so most of the story is told through the eyes of children. If you like that kind of dreamy storytelling, you'll like this one a lot. I'm not sure what the point of it was except to say that childhood is a magical time even in a war torn nation, but there a lot of movies that say the same thing. Still, not bad at all.
This is a really sweet movie about the imaginations of children and what it means to be a child. We always hear about the problems in the Himalayas because of the Kashmir conflict but it's nice to see a movie about the people in the land who are able to lead lives that are not only normal but also sprinkled with a little teeny bit of magic and fairy dust. Even war and bombs can't stop the imaginations of the little boys in this movie who follow their dreams to the Lotus Pond up in the Himalayas. There are so many gorgeous shots of the area that I almost can't believe that it exists. It looks like it's from another world, so serene and picturesque. Watch out for the shots of the herds of sheep across the tundra - amazing! But my favorite part was just watching the little boys be themselves, whether it was in school with each other or enjoying the simple pleasure of blowing soap bubbles. A great movie to see with your kids (as long as they don't mind subtitles, ha!)
When I heard about this, for some reason I just assumed it would be a doc**entary. It is, instead, a scripted drama about a bunch of school boys in India who hear tall tales about the Lotus Pond up in the Himalayas and are intrigued to see what (or who) is in the pond. The story was somewhat predictable though I did find the presentation and the performances of the kids refreshing. This is a far cry from the usual Bollywood song-n-dance type of movie. There is no love story or pretty leading lady. There's just a bunch of kids who let their curiosity get the better of them. I'm not sure if this is based on a true story or not, but I'm willing to bet that there are a lot of urban legends and myths about the Himalayas that find their way to the ears of children. A decent way to spend an afternoon if you don't have anything else to do and you don't mind small arthouse movies with an adventurous flair.
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