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  • Summary: Set in the sub-Saharan country of Chad, this is the story of two young brothers and their mother who are devastated when their father suddenly disappears.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
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  1. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    100
    Truly magnificent.
  2. Poignant though it is, the movie is the opposite of depressing. There is too much life in it.
  3. Haroun is deft at handling the joys and pain of childhood. He neither condescends nor ­­over-sentimentalizes. It is a story of separation anxiety (for Amine) and coming of age (for Tahir) and it's universal.
  4. The story of the film is a quiet local tale; the directing is sophisticated.
  5. By way of a tragic left hook, Haroun's relaxed movie climaxes back where it began, on the devastated home ground. The journey, however pessimistic, is like a gentle handshake.
  6. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    70
    Haroun's film is both touching and, ultimately, almost perversely optimistic.
  7. 50
    This modest little film out of Africa suffers from largely rudderless direction, relying for any sense of profundity on the breathtaking beauty of Abraham Haile Biru's cinematography.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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