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The Breadwinner (2017)

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In 2001, Afghanistan is under the control of the Taliban. When her father is captured, a determined young girl disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.

Director:

Nora Twomey

Writers:

Anita Doron (screenplay), Deborah Ellis (screen story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Saara Chaudry ... Parvana (voice)
Soma Chhaya ... Shauzia (voice) (as Soma Bhatia)
Noorin Gulamgaus ... Idrees / Sulayman (voice)
Laara Sadiq ... Fattema / Old Woman (voice)
Ali Badshah ... Nurullah / Talib Security Man (voice)
Shaista Latif Shaista Latif ... Soraya (voice)
Kanza Feris Kanza Feris ... Sorceress / Woman in Courtyard (voice)
Kawa Ada ... Razaq (voice)
Kane Mahon ... Optician / Kiln Owner / Crowd Voices (voice)
Ali Kazmi ... Darya / Fruit Juice Vendor / Jail Warden / Various (voice)
Mran Volkhard Mran Volkhard ... Megaphone / Market Seller (voice)
Reza Sholeh Reza Sholeh ... Stall Seller / Fruit Seller / Guard Man on Bike / Teenage Boy #2 (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lily Erlinghauser Lily Erlinghauser ... Zaki (voice)
Wamiq Furoghudin Wamiq Furoghudin ... Prison Gatekeeper (voice)
Millad Hamidkohzad Millad Hamidkohzad ... Other Talib Boy / Guard #2 (voice)
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From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, comes the highly-anticipated new feature based on Deborah Ellis' bestselling novel. Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom-and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is an inspiring and luminously animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times.

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Genres:

Animation | Drama | Family | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

N: Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some violent images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | Canada | Luxembourg | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Parvana See more »

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Gross USA:

$312,381, 15 March 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First feature film project for Guru Studio. See more »

Goofs

According to sources the film takes place in 2001. But the currency used in the film is Afghani which wasn't introduced until 2003. See more »

Quotes

Parvana: What will you do by the sea?
Shauzia: I'd buy things and sell things like I do here but, for myself. There are people who go to the edge of the water to do nothing! They just sit there and they look at the sea with their sunglasses on, or swim about on floating tubes. So, I could sell them those things.
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Connections

Featured in The 75th Golden Globe Awards (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

The Crown Sleeps
Performed by Felicity Williams and Elaha Soroor
Original Song by Qais Essar
Lyrics by Joshua Hill
Arranged and Produced by Aaron Lightstone and Justin Gray
Mixed and Remastered by Justin Gray
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Very good, indeed
1 January 2018 | by proud_ludditeSee all my reviews

In the Taliban-controlled city of Kabul, Afghanistan in the early 2000s, Parvana (voiced by Saara Chaudry) is a pre-teen girl who must disguise herself as a boy in order to earn money for her family. As females are forbidden to appear in public without an adult male, she must also shop for the family as well.

"The Breadwinner" is an animated film co-produced by Canada, Ireland, and Luxembourg and is in the English language.

The story (from the book by Deborah Ellis) can be highly praised for focusing on Parvana's struggles while also involving related subplots that add richly to the story without ever creating the feeling of overwhelm or confusion. The most fascinating is one that begins as Parvana (as a boy) is approached by an illiterate man who needs to have a letter read to him.

This film pulls no punches in the injustice against females by Taliban zealots. One of the ways this is exposed is when Parvana walks outside for the first time dressed as a boy and the viewer can easily sense her great feeling of freedom.

Two other strengths add to the greatness of this movie. One is unexpected humour. It truly works despite the grim situation overall and is neither facetious nor unbelievable. The other is the beautiful visuals in the animation. This is especially apparent in a parallel mythical story - one that matches the main narrative - which Parvana narrates to her baby brother.

The finale is open-ended leaving the viewer wondering what will happen to Parvana and her family. It's a rather perfect ending as it gives us just the right amount of information for us to imagine in different ways what could happen next.

Make no mistake: "The Breadwinner" is a winner in many ways.


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