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Toronto 2021 Review: DUG DUG Offers Lessons In Escalation

The musical montage is alive and well in Ritwik Pareek’s profoundly amusing chronicle of the birth of a new religion on the rural backwater of India. The camera work, framing, (crash) zooming, deadpan lingering, itself does the lions share of comedic heavy lifting, in that special way that brings to mind French absurdist Quentin Dupieux, and pop maestro Edgar Wright. If spirituality is a kind of mass spell on its audience, then it has a lot in common with cinema (for the record, my church), and Dug Dug is a testament to this comparison. Pareek’s debut film feels like a masterclass in visual storytelling.   His sensibility on how long is the exact time to hold a scene for maximum effect, or when to razzle-dazzle with…

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