MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 450 this week

The Clay Bird (2002)
"Matir moina" (original title)

8.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.4/10 from 1,967 users   Metascore: 75/100
Reviews: 15 user | 25 critic | 14 from Metacritic.com

A family must come to grips with its culture, its faith, and the brutal political changes entering its small-town world.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 17 Dec 2011
 
a list of 478 titles
created 10 Jan 2012
 
list image
a list of 11 titles
created 20 Apr 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 4 months ago
 
list image
a list of 39 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Clay Bird" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Clay Bird (2002)

The Clay Bird (2002) on IMDb 8.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Clay Bird.
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Sometime in the early years of the century, a boy, Apu, is born to a poor Brahmin family in a village in Bengal. The father, a poet and priest, cannot earn enough to keep his family going. ... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray
Stars: Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Subir Banerjee
Udhao (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A drama thriller about men who run from their family responsibility and a rickshaw pedaling bounty hunter compelled to bring them to justice.

Director: Amit Ashraf
Stars: Monir Ahmed, Shahed Ali, Nawshaba Ahmed
Hey Ram (2000)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Saketh Ram's wife is raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. He is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is responsible for all the problems happening in the country. He sets out to kill him.

Director: Kamal Hassan
Stars: Kamal Hassan, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji
Guerrilla (2011)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Bilkis Banu, lost her husband Hasan on the bloody night of 25th March 1971. She tries to forget him and concentrate on the urban guerrilla movements of Dhaka with Altaf Mahmud, Shahadat, ... See full summary »

Director: Nasiruddin Yousuff
Stars: Ferdous Ahmed, Shampa Reza, Ahmed Rubel
Television (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

As a leader of the local community, Chairman Amin bans every kind of image in his water-locked village in rural Bangladesh. He even goes on to claim that imagination is also sinful since it... See full summary »

Director: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Stars: Chanchal Chowdhury, Shahir Kazi Huda, Mosharraf Karim
Homeland (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A mother and her son return to their home in Sylhet, Bangladesh after 15 years abroad and try to retrace their roots. Beginning with the death of the father of the family, the film proceeds... See full summary »

Directors: Catherine Masud, Tareque Masud
Stars: Sara Zaker, Jayanto Chattopadhyay, Abdul Momin Chowdhury
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story of the feature film revolves around the sufferings of the war-ravaged people of Bangladesh in 1971. Pitambar, his blind father and grandmother, Karim with his daughter-in-law ... See full summary »

Director: Humayun Ahmed
Stars: Riaz, Meher Afroz Shaon, Swadhin
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The plot revolves around a man who runs a school called "Hemlock Society" which teaches aspirants how to successfully commit suicide. He develops a bond with one of its students, Meghna (... See full summary »

Director: Srijit Mukherji
Stars: Koyel Mullick, Parambrata Chatterjee, Roopali Ganguly
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A woman breaks with traditional Muslim culture by living with her boyfriend before getting married, but when the relationship ends, she must face the harsh consequences of being an outcast in her community.

Director: Mostofa Sarwar Farooki
Stars: Nusrat Imroz Tisha, Mosharraf Karim, Rashed Uddin Ahmed Topu
Moner Manush (2010)
Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The movie is about a poet and singer Lalon Fakir who belongs to a cult called baul and who believes and inculcates that the value of a human being is above the narrow belief of religions.

Director: Goutam Ghose
Stars: Shahed Ali, Raisul Islam Asad, Mir Naofil Ashrafi
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Story of a teenage boy who is hired by a colonial era landlord to entertain him until the annual flood is over.

Director: Humayun Ahmed
Stars: Tarik Anam Khan, Jayanto Chattopadhyay, Munmun Ahmed
Chorabali (2012)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Sumon, is compelled to grow up in the city's underworld as mafia lord Osman Ali's killer machine. After killing a pregnant woman, who is Osman Ali's girlfriend, carrying his illegitimate ... See full summary »

Director: Redoan Rony
Stars: Shahiduzzaman Selim, Joya Ahsan, A.T.M. Shamsuzzaman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nurul Islam Bablu ...
Anu
Russell Farazi ...
Rokon
Jayanto Chattopadhyay ...
Kazi
Rokeya Prachy ...
Ayesha
Soaeb Islam ...
Milon
Lameesa R. Reemjheem ...
Asma
Moin Ahmed ...
Ibrahim
Md. Moslemuddin ...
Headmaster
Abdul Karim ...
Halim Mia
Shah Alam Dewan ...
Boatman
Golam Mahmud ...
Shaheen
Pradip Mittra Mithun ...
Uttam
Auyon Chowdhury ...
3rd Friend
Masud Ali Khan ...
Khan Bahadur
Manjila Begum ...
Female Singer- Night Concert
Edit

Storyline

A family must come to grips with its culture, its faith, and the brutal political changes entering its small-town world.

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Clay Bird  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

While the film was not nominated for an Oscar, it was Bangladesh's first film ever to be submitted to the Academy Awards for consideration to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

Quotes

Crowd: Down with military Dictatorship!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Not just a story
12 November 2003 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

Matir Moina does not only offer a story. Films in general do not need to offer just a story. Any book, play, storyteller, TV series and other media can do that. Being interested in Hindi, Punjabi, Pakistani and Bengali films, music(s), religions and cultures, I was marvelled at Matir Moina for its richness and subtleties on all levels. Bringing forth the complex currents of religious and political movements, showing how each react to one another, and how illusions can be shattered. The beautiful hope of Islam, as being a religion of the heart and not the sword. The post-colonial ebb and flow in cultural identity: people's reactions to British or western thought turns into a sterile regression.

The photography is marvelous, rendering rich textures of age-old village houses, walls and heaven-like gardens in an honest and aesthetic mastery.

The spectator is not taken for granted or for a fool, actors speak Urdu, Hindi, Arabic and Farsi when they have to, and seem more to "be" than to "act". No two-dimensional stereotype is used, as in the classical Hindi "lover", "hater", "gorgeous-bachelor-husband-to-be" and the "beautiful-single-virgin-singer/dancer-lover". Only true faces, true types, true clothes and true singing. The music. If you search for original Hindi/Urdu devotional or not songs and music, this film is packed with it. And unlike other films, you do not feel that actor/singers are faking it, there are not fake instruments that are just there for the looks but don't actually sound on the score. What you see is what you hear. The voices are breathtaking; the lyrics do not revolve around "flat-love" and "depthless-poetry", making it a treasure for the ear as well for the curious eye. This is a gem. The whole film unfolds slowly and steadily around many characters, showing how each develops under harsh social changes and instability.

It is not action-packed and fast-paced. It is not pink-tinted and kitschy love oriented. It is not over the top overdone musical. This is a serious art film, beautiful in its silences and in its screams. Human in its depiction of its characters. Respectful in its dealing with religion. Credible in it acting. A must, for an internal view of what happened to Bangladesh in particular, and to the vast region in general.

Can't wait to see it again.


27 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
RIP Tareque Masud CinEPhiLeLiPi
What are the best movies made in bangladesh? violentfreak
bengali films in bangladesh shamik_ghosh-1
Dialect of Bengali zenkampf
Discuss The Clay Bird (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?