End Of The Week Shorts #20 extract: Like Stars On Earth (2007)
Whilst a little sentimental and over-idealistic in parts, also a bit bloated, Taare Zameen Par, or, Like Stars On Earth, is a movie I can't really fault.
In short, a celebration of compassion and humanity and an understanding gesture towards the problem-child, Like Stars On Earth is as up-lifting as it is immersive. Rife with catchy and affecting songs as well as playful direction and editing in the montage sequences, each chapter of this narrative transitions further into the depths of misunderstanding and isolation before emerging with a heartfelt call for the recognition of the uniqueness in all children. Though this can be seen coming from quite some distance, the script layers and plays its emotions with great dexterity, pulling you into its story without any refrain.
All in all, a brilliant movie that, once its starts, has you in its grips until the very end. Highly recommended.