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Abouna (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 March 2003 (France)
The lives of two brothers, who live in N'djamena, are upended when they awake one Saturday morning to find that their father has left the family. They are Amine, about eight years old, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa ... Tahir
Hamza Moctar Aguid Hamza Moctar Aguid ... Amine
Zara Haroun Zara Haroun ... Achta (Mother)
Mounira Khalil Mounira Khalil ... The Mute Girl
Diego Moustapha Ngarade Diego Moustapha Ngarade ... Uncle Adoum (as Diego Mustapha N'Garade)
Koulsy Lamko Koulsy Lamko ... The Father
Garba Issa Garba Issa ... The Headmaster
Ramada Mahamat Ramada Mahamat ... The teacher's wife
Hassan Boulama Hassan Boulama ... Hassan
Sossal Mahamat Sossal Mahamat ... Teacher's assistant
Hadje Fatime N'Goua Hadje Fatime N'Goua ... The doctor
Nouraldine Mahamat Alio Nouraldine Mahamat Alio ... Police chief
Christophe N'Garoyal Christophe N'Garoyal ... Factory manager
Haoua Tantine Abakar Haoua Tantine Abakar ... Angry neighbour
Adoum Albert Adoum Albert ... Fighting boy
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Storyline

The lives of two brothers, who live in N'djamena, are upended when they awake one Saturday morning to find that their father has left the family. They are Amine, about eight years old, playful and asthmatic, and Tahir, 15, handsome, quiet, his brother's protector. The boys go in search of their father, and find only trouble. Dad's leaving also debilitates their mother. The movies, a musical uncle, a village Koran school, a poster of a Moroccan beach, and a young deaf woman figure in the resolution. Is there any place for happiness, or is happiness only in storybooks? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

France | Chad | Netherlands

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

19 March 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Gaoui, Chad See more »

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Budget:

€900,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Chad for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 75th Academy Awards in 2003. See more »

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References Yaaba (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Diaraby
Written by Ali Farka Touré
Performed by Ali Farka Touré and Ry Cooder
from the album "Talking Timbuktu"
World Circuit Music
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Loss and Hope
17 June 2007 | by loukreuSee all my reviews

I really felt like I got to know something about Amine and Tahir, as well as their African land and people. The cinematography is calm, reflective and colourful. It was interesting how the story skipped over climactic points, leaving it to the viewer to fill in what was being led up to.

Perhaps most remarkable is that the film held the complete attention of my seven year old brother. At one stage he said "I know where he left his medicine". This is proof that story still has power and that the non-stop eye candy of films like "Cars" is not all it's made out to be. Abouna is a story well told.


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