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'Patang': Emotions float above a visit home ★★★
The setup is as cross-culturally durable as anything in Chekhov or Ozu or Kiarostami. A man returns to his hometown after being away for a long spell. Tensions arise within the family. New attachments form; old stresses emerge. The surroundings, the buildings, the people look comforting to the prodigal son, but strange too.
August 23, 2012