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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 »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 50 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Storyline

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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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Parvana See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,395, 19 November 2017

Gross USA:

$313,215

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,790,214
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The singing of a girl heard in moments of hope is a recording of the Nahid Women Choir of the Aghanistan National Institute of Music made in Kabul. This choir is also heard singing at the very end of the end credits. 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

Nurullah: [First Lines. The same lines are repeated later on in the film by Parvana when she is in the market on her own]
Nurullah: Anything written, anything read! Pashto and Dari. Beautiful items for sale.
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Soundtracks

Chant Accompagné Par Un Ritchak Et Un Zer-Barhali
Courtesy of Sonodisc / Melodie
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Stunning film about perseverance and the kindness of the human heart
3 March 2018 | by pcm1123See all my reviews

This is a film that tells the story of a daughter forced by the circumstances of her world to hide her identity and protect her family from starvation after her father is wrongfully imprisoned. Having said that, this film is beautiful and uplifting. I would definitely recommend this film for young adults on up.

This story shows the effects of war, fundamentalist religion and poverty and how it affects a Muslim family living in Kabul. It is a more honest depiction of Afghani culture than many purely adult films as it has many aspects they don't contain, as it was made to also appeal to children (the violence is all implied, but never shown).

This is a great family film - I watched this with my girlfriend who has had little to no exposure to Middle Eastern culture or Islamic culture. She asked "Do you think this is an accurate depiction of this culture" and I responded: "for some people - families like this, yes". This is a film that talks about the struggles of these places without it being from an American or European viewpoint (as is often the case in the last decade), but it WILL appeal to people from American and Europe as the messages are about a struggle for survival, freedom from oppression and the journey of childhood through uncertain times.

This is by far the best Animated film coming from North America in 2017. Adults will be able to connec the dots here to see the connections to modern politics and current events in the last 20 years.


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