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Our Father (2002)
"Abouna" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  19 March 2003 (France)
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The lives of two brothers, who live in N'djamena, are upended when they awake one Saturday morning to find that their father has left the family. They are Amine, about eight years old, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa ...
Tahir
Hamza Moctar Aguid ...
Amine
Zara Haroun ...
Achta (Mother)
Mounira Khalil ...
The Mute Girl
Diego Moustapha Ngarade ...
Uncle Adoum (as Diego Mustapha N'Garade)
Koulsy Lamko ...
The Father
Garba Issa ...
The Headmaster
Ramada Mahamat ...
The teacher's wife
Hassan Boulama ...
Hassan
Sossal Mahamat ...
Teacher's assistant
Hadje Fatime N'Goua ...
The doctor
Nouraldine Mahamat Alio ...
Police chief
Christophe N'Garoyal ...
Factory manager
Haoua Tantine Abakar ...
Angry neighbour
Adoum Albert ...
Fighting boy
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The lives of two brothers, who live in N'djamena, are upended when they awake one Saturday morning to find that their father has left the family. They are Amine, about eight years old, playful and asthmatic, and Tahir, 15, handsome, quiet, his brother's protector. The boys go in search of their father, and find only trouble. Dad's leaving also debilitates their mother. The movies, a musical uncle, a village Koran school, a poster of a Moroccan beach, and a young deaf woman figure in the resolution. Is there any place for happiness, or is happiness only in storybooks? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Our Father, who art made the middle section too long!
3 February 2003 | by (Newcastle, England) – See all my reviews

For a film with a relatively short 84 minute running time Abouna (Our Father) felt like an eternity.

It follows the (mis)fortunes of 2 young boys after the disappearance of their father, whom I assume had gone accross the Chadian(?) border to look for work abroad.

The direction is pretty good and features some beautifully constructed shots of the Chadian landscapes. The beginning and the end are well paced but the whole middle section of the film drags on forever. Special mention goes to the young girl who plays the deaf mute, she was fantastic.

Still, it is worth going to see even if it's just to drag you out of the multiplex and into your local art-house!


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