"Quantum of Solace"-Director Marc Forster's biography reads like a screenplay itself. It's the story of a boy from the Swiss mountains who at the age of 12 set himself the goal of becoming a film director.
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 kitting 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 kitting, 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
Assef's character is white with blond hair in the book, but is brown with black hair in the movie. See more »
In the film, when Amir's father is buried, a wood coffin is used. Muslim burial rituals do not permit that. Rather, cloth coffin is used to wrap the dead, then he/she is deposited in the grave on the body's right side with face revealed and directed to Makkah. See more »
[as Dr. Starobin examines him]
Where are you from?
I grew up in Michigan. Came out here for medical school. Once you get used to that California sunshine...
But your family?
My family? We're originally from Russia.
[Baba shoves him away, and is next seen with a different doctor]
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Greetings again from the darkness. Based on the mega-best seller from author Khaled Hosseini, the film provides us a peak at the ugliness of post-Russia invaded Afghanistan and the terror of the Taliban. Director Marc Foster adds a gem to his resume, which already includes "Monster's Ball", "Finding Neverland" and "Stranger Than Fiction".
The story of young friends Amir and Hassan and the unknown bond they share into the next generation. This is a story of honor and courage and loyalty and is an unusual coming-of-age tale. Some great scenes of the boys when they are kids and then a couple of truly amazing scenes as Amir returns as an adult to find Hassan's imprisoned son.
This is tight, compelling story telling with a message. The acting is solid throughout, with no one actor stealing the screen. Although not a pleasant story to watch unfold, it is certainly meaningful and heart felt. Plus a quick shot of Midnight Oil playing in the pool hall is a welcome gift.
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