In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kiting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kiting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir's kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam's bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, releasing his conscience from recalling his cowardice and betrayal. In 1979, the Russians ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Most of the Afghanistan scenes were shot in Kashgar and Tashkurgan, in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China. The DVD commentary mentions that scenes shot in Kashgar include: the kite tournament, the mosque where Amir prays, and Rahim Khan's apartment in Peshawar, Pakistan. Scenes shot in Tashkurgan include the opening scenes of a kite duel and the boys running the kite, the pomegranate tree, and the Taliban compound where Amir meets Sohrab. The wedding and the soccer match were shot in Beijing. The San Francisco bar scene was also shot in China. See more »
During a 1988 scene in San Francisco, modern-day gas pumps are clearly visible. See more »
[explaining Sohrab's presence]
You see, General Sahib, my father slept with his servant's wife, and she bore him a son named Hassan. Hassan is dead now. That boy sleeping in the other room is Hassan's son. He's my nephew. That's what you tell people when they ask. And one more thing, General Sahib: you will never again refer to him as "a Hazara boy" in my presence. He has a name, and it's Sohrab.
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Having just read the book and a day later watched the film I can tell you I was severely disappointed. To be fair there was quite a bit to shoehorn into the film and as a result the film moved at an amazing pace compared with the book. Plenty was left some of it quite important in my opinion. A good example - Hassan actually had an operation for his birthday present from Amir's father to correct his harelip not a kite! I think because so many of the scenes in the film were very short as they were trying to fit so much into the film there is little time to engage with the characters and have any emotional attachment to them. This made the film almost not caring about its purpose. The emotion of the book never appeared in the film. I was not upset or distressed at all. I should have been. The truth of the tale is devastating. But the actors didn't seem engaged in the weight of their portrayal.
In short PLEASE READ THE BOOK! The film is weak and soulless.
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