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Riad
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Zahra
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Mastour's mother
Sayed Ragab ...
Hadji Noh
Waleed Abou El Magd ...
Mastour
Mahmoud Nagui ...
Zingi
Mohamed Ali Keshta ...
Abou Ali
Nabil El Deeb ...
Cheik Jassim
Soheil Abdel Wahab ...
Iraqi officer
Mostafa Wagih ...
Hussein
Injy Ashour ...
Zingi's wife
Mina Soheil ...
Zahra - child
Amr Ossama ...
Mastour - child
Abou Baker Nounou ...
American soldier
Reem Rafaa ...
Oum Zoheir
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The Mesopotamian Marshes, at the delta of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, in the south of Iraq. This is where Mastour and Zahra grow up... See full synopsis »

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A madrugada do mundo  »

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Hymn of the Big Wheel
by Massive Attack
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© 1991 Island Music Ltd / Paddy Crusty LTD / Writers Designee
(P) 1991 Virgin Records Ltd
Courtesy of Universal Music Vision / Universal Music Publishing France and EMI VIRGIN Music Publishing France
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A post-apocalyptic love story that may suggest The Odyssey
31 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

There are many films that deal with the war in Iraq, but "Dawn of the World" is probably the most beautiful and less manichean. Playing cleverly on the contrast between the background (the atrocity of the war) and form (sense of beauty), this post-apocalyptic love story remains quite original. Served by a beautiful photography and a stunning music, it looks like an aquatic poem and may suggest "The Odyssey", the pitfalls and the time it takes to regain his homeland after the war, from the perspective of those (women) who wait - Hafsia Herzi and Hiam Abbass are simply sublimes. The film is also a sensitive work full of poetry, which combines visual splendor and emotion and in which every detail make sense. It still works as well in the second vision, and the emotion remains intact. A true gem to discover urgently.


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