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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:

Abouna See more »

Filming Locations:

Gaoui, Chad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,350, 22 February 2004

Gross USA:

$3,290

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,476
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Connections

References Stranger Than Paradise (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

The Longing and Yearning
Written by Muhamed El-Amin and Isac Al Halangi
Performed by Muhamed El-Amin
from the album "Voice of Sudan"
Wergo/Schott Music & Media
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African Cinema at its Best
29 March 2013 | by rstout3526See all my reviews

A visual narrative on ordinary folk with a simple but instantly recognisable plot on family responsibility. Children and women are often the victims in male dominant third world societies. This film aims to express this through the eyes of children in a fragile society. In the aftermath of post-colonial and civil war-torn Muslim state Chad, a father leaves home for Morocco, leaving behind his wife and two boys, presumably to make money for his family. Their mother becomes stressed and cannot assert full parental responsibilities alone and so hands her children over to a nearby Koran school. Here, the boys plot to venture out and find their estranged father, not realising the extent of the journey or indeed where Morocco is - other than by the sea. As most people in the desert region of Chad have never seen the sea, their quest becomes a dream not to be fulfilled.

The pace of the film is deliberately slow. The narrative is mainly visual. The use of non-actors gives it that realistic edge. To me it is another fine example of indigenous African cinema that aims to bring home the reality of life. Cinema isn't just there to entertain (or make money) it is also to educate and enhance thought. Well recommended piece of social realism.


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