A Screaming Man

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  • Summary: Adam, a former swimming champion in his sixties, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son, Abdel, leaving Adam humiliated and resentful. Meanwhile the country is in the throes of a civil war.Adam, a former swimming champion in his sixties, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son, Abdel, leaving Adam humiliated and resentful. Meanwhile the country is in the throes of a civil war. Rebel forces are attacking the government and the authorities demand the people contribute to the "war effort" with money or volunteers old enough to fight. Adam is constantly harassed for his contribution, but he is penniless. In a moment of weakness, Adam makes a decision that he will forever regret. (Film Movement) Collapse

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  1. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Apr 14, 2011
    90
    It's a modest film, if only in scale and apparent budget, about some of the greatest questions in life, like the existence of God, our capacity to see beyond our own vanity and the legacies of fathers, both blood and state.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Apr 12, 2011
    83
    At its core, A Screaming Man emphasizes the strength of family bonds. It's a sad, moving portrait that has nothing to do with its chaotic setting.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    May 26, 2013
    80
    Haroun’s tender but unsentimental regard for his characters allows his storytelling a natural gravitas thoroughly suited to the simultaneously unfolding private and national tragedies.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Brunette
    Apr 12, 2011
    70
    Haroun is uninterested in big war scenes and is best at evoking the little details of life.
  5. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Apr 16, 2011
    60
    The first half-hour is as evocative as (and more specific than) Claire Denis' "White Material," a similarly broad treatment of post-colonial chaos. The rest, sadly, falls apart, but Haroun's formal skill confirms his continual promise.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 15, 2011
    60
    Haroun is achingly conscious of day-to-day decisions that seem small when they're made but can suddenly loom large.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Apr 12, 2011
    50
    The characterizations never comfortably accommodate Haroun's pat metaphor, though his stoic visual storytelling has an oblique gravity.

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