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Siddharth2013

  • 4.2
The spellbinding and gorgeously wrought tale of one father's journey across India in search of his son. Mehendra is a chain-wallah, eking out a living fixing zippers on the bustling streets of New Delhi. To ease his financial woes, he sends twelve-year-old Siddharth to work in a distant factory. When the boy doesn't come home for the Diwali holiday, Mehendra and his wife Suman slowly begin to suspect that he was kidnapped by child traffickers. With few resources and no connections, Mehendra desperately travels to Punjab and Mumbai with the hope that whoever took Siddharth might return him unharmed. A powerful family drama both heart-rending and suspenseful.

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This one surprised me. I did not think I liked it, but it kept growing on me. By the end I felt so much pain for these people. It was very well acted, the script moves at a good pace, giving us enough time to process the suffering of the family as their son is being enslaved. I felt so much for the father as he searched for his son, and I was raw from the usury that he must endure. India is so often embellished in America's image, and yet what so clearly emerges from much of their cinema is that people are so terribly abused by other people who are only marginally better off. We sometimes think our society has a class system, but it is nothing compared to what I have seen in cinematic portrayals on Fandor. This is perhaps the greatest reason I love Fandor--they bring films to me that I would most certainly not see otherwise.

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This one surprised me. I did not think I liked it, but it kept growing on me. By the end I felt so much pain for these people. It was very well acted, the script moves at a good pace, giving us enough time to process the suffering of the family as their son is being enslaved. I felt so much for the father as he searched for his son, and I was raw from the usury that he must endure. India is so often embellished in America's image, and yet what so clearly emerges from much of their cinema is that people are so terribly abused by other people who are only marginally better off. We sometimes think our society has a class system, but it is nothing compared to what I have seen in cinematic portrayals on Fandor. This is perhaps the greatest reason I love Fandor--they bring films to me that I would most certainly not see otherwise.

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Insightful and heartbreaking. A powerful script that takes us into the reality of the poor in India , when a 12 year old leaves home to work in order to help his family. With guilt as he faces his mistake, the father finds a generosity of spirit in others as he tries to cope.