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This movie should be compulsory viewing for all budding film students. In fact all film makers, everywhere, should be locked in a small, locked room, strapped down and forced to watch this. For in the hour and a half it takes to watch this movie you will learn more about what movie making is truly all about. Here is a movie with a heart, a soul and perhaps most importantly, a point. It will rip your heart apart and along the way make you feel infinitely guilty that you have the couple of bucks to rent this movie, let alone enough money to own a television set to watch it on. Yet this is not the "message" this is simply a consequence of telling a real life story, of people with nothing and who just get on with life. It is indictment on the human race that we live in such inequitable times, yet again, that is not the message, just the backdrop. The actors in this movie are simply magnificent. Not only is the "lead" actor who plays Chanda stunningly good but also those who play small, almost minute parts. Amongst a truly outstanding cast the young girls who play 12 year old Esther and 6 year oldish Iris are simply phenomenal, these tiny children conveying more in a smile or the tiniest wrinkle of their faces than a veteran actor of 60 years. How they even understood what they had to do amazes me, how they actually did it astounds me.
This is a "simple" story but then again the best things in life are simple. This is a movie mostly about humanity, and sometimes about the lack of humanity. It is about personal strength, about love, about the triumph (at least in this case) of compassion over everything the world can throw at you. OK, 100,000 movies have already been made about this stuff, and 100,000 more are still to be made. But this one actually works. See it and be amazed.
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