(2002)

Critic Reviews

70

Metascore

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100
Film Threat
Truly magnificent.
80
The New York Times
Poignant though it is, the movie is the opposite of depressing. There is too much life in it.
75
New York Daily News
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.
70
Variety
Haroun's film is both touching and, ultimately, almost perversely optimistic.
70
Village Voice
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.
70
Haroun and cinematographer Abraham Haile Biru carefully frame their characters with a painterly elegance that is at times truly startling.
70
The New Republic
The story of the film is a quiet local tale; the directing is sophisticated.
70
The A.V. Club
Abouna starkly defines the masculine and feminine influence in raising children, and what happens when they're not so complementary.
70
Chicago Reader
Understated but affecting.
50
New York Post
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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