Gurvinder Singh’s highly aesthetic debut film is set at the margins of Punjabi society, where the repressed and exploited have been conveniently cast away. Revolving around a small-town family who get swept up in a power struggle when a neighbor’s home is demolished, Alms for a Blind Horse builds an atmosphere of helplessness, simmering discontent and unfulfilled desire using an effective cast of largely non-professional actors from the neighborhood where the film was shot. –Abu Dhabi Film Festival
Marriage of both poles of what is broadly called '70s Parallel Cinema - the formalism of Kaul and Shahani, and the social realism of Benegal, Nihalani, Sathyu etc. Funnily enough I instinctively connect with the mood of this film better than I can with either one of its predecessors.
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