By Movie Lover (26 Feb 2009)
"Little Zizou", a comedy about faith and hope, pain and loss, is framed around a gentle yet powerful parable of tolerance.
Sooni Taraporevala’s directoral debut is a colorful tale set in an eccentric Parsi community in contemporary Bombay. Xerxes (Little Zizou) is an 11-year-old football-crazed boy whose one ardent desire is that his long-dead mother bring the French soccer star Zinedine Zidane (Zizou) to Bombay. His father is a pompous, self-proclaimed leader and religious bigot. His brother Artaxerxes, on the other hand, is a quiet, talented cartoonist hopelessly in love with the daughter of his father's archrival, a fun-loving rational reformer and owner of a community newspaper. Events pit the two patriarchs against each other in the backdrop of a Fellini-esque Parsi world in this uncommonly funny satire.