Our Father

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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  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. 70
    Abouna starkly defines the masculine and feminine influence in raising children, and what happens when they're not so complementary.
  5. 70
    Haroun and cinematographer Abraham Haile Biru carefully frame their characters with a painterly elegance that is at times truly startling.
  6. The story of the film is a quiet local tale; the directing is sophisticated.
  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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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. M.Daye
    Feb 4, 2006
    10
    Sometimes silence can say so much more than blocks of mawkish dialogue. Brilliantly-acted and wonderfully shot.

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