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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 Taliban from finding out her true identity. (United Artists) Expand
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  1. Superb performances from a nonprofessional cast. It's gripping, timely, and revealing.
  2. We are certainly entitled to marvel at its very existence, but that isn't enough. The work itself is extraordinary.
  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. In its small, achingly beautiful way, this is the lesson that Osama teaches us: When one human being suffers, it is all of us who share her pain.
  5. 80
    Effective as a drama as it spirals Golbahari deeper into her nightmarish world, Osama is similarly powerful as a fictionalized account of the Taliban's obscene wish for a world where the stringent enforcement of religious laws took the place of instinctual human kindness.
  6. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    The rage and sadness behind this film -- the first from Afghanistan since the Taliban's fall -- is matched by its artistry.
  7. Rough around the edges, but effectively presents the quandary of women during the repressive religious regime.

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  3. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Mud
    Sep 10, 2007
    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. Collapse

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