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  • Summary: A 12-year-old Afghan girl and her mother lose their jobs when the Taliban closes the hospital where they work. Feeling she has no choice, the mother disguises her daughter as a boy. Now called Osama, the girl embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she tries to keep the TalibanA 12-year-old Afghan girl and her mother lose their jobs when the Taliban closes the hospital where they work. Feeling she has no choice, the mother disguises her daughter as a boy. Now called Osama, the girl embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she tries to keep the Taliban from finding out her true identity. (United Artists) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 35 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
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  1. The movie is a rare uncensored postcard from a ruined place, a document at once depressing and hideously beautiful that sketches the real hardships of trampled people -- specifically women -- with authority and compelling simplicity.
  2. 100
    The movie is an outright miracle. [8 March 2004, p. 92]
  3. 89
    Osama begins in fear and ends in terror. In between there's all manner of hopelessness, deprivation, and death, which is to say that as the first film to come out of a post-Taliban Afghanistan, it's practically a documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    80
    For the most part the film is a miracle of accomplishment, elegant and bold and artful in a world devoid of resources.
  5. Raw and wretchedly current, it is a story that packs a cruel emotional wallop.
  6. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    80
    The performances are credible, but set-pieces like the water-cannoning of a procession of burkha-clad protesters are also impeccably judged.
  7. Rough around the edges, but effectively presents the quandary of women during the repressive religious regime.

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  3. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Mud
    Sep 10, 2007
    0
    women used to experience safety and freedom in the time of taliban and the regime was not6 evil as being presented in the western media to women used to experience safety and freedom in the time of taliban and the regime was not6 evil as being presented in the western media to justify the killing of innocent people in Afghanistan by America after they themselves conducted the twin tower blasts see loose change to know the truth. Expand

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