The story of a 12 year old narrating to her unborn child the harrowing story of how she ended up in the rebel forces in an unnamed country in Africa and what she'd been through. Manages to mesmerize the audience with a mix of great acting, exquisite soundtrack of African music, extraordinary cinematography including the hair raising depictions of the spirits of the dead. Will not be forgotten easily.
this was so beautiful and tragic. i'm still trying to properly sort out my thoughts but my god there's just so much ground to cover with this film. it was so well thought out and downright heartbreaking. this is why i love cinema.
I just got impressed with Rachel Mwanza playing Komona. Her character is so detailly composed that is hard to know that she herself was abandoned by her parents when she was age six. This film isn't only a film: it's a vivid and clear cry of hope.
A difficult yet captivating watch that treads similar child soldier territory to Johnny Mad Dog yet offers a far deeper and character centred perspective. The performances and camera work appear to be in perfect synch and the films succeeds wonderfully in communicating a tangible sense of loss and the pain of a damaged psyche.. 4 stars
Movie about violating many rights children should have according to the Convention on the Rights of a Child.. Most dominating were the rights that children shouldn`t be involved in an armed conflict and of course they shouldn`t be physically abused This treaty is actually also ratified in Congo, but I guess it is very difficult for the state to fight against the rebels who disobey the laws.
Harrowing and powerful tale of child soldiers, war, atrocity, survival, love and in the end hope. Nguyen has made his best work to date and though hard to watch at times so well worth experiencing. Rachel Mwanza gives one of the best performances of the past year richly deserving her prize at Berlin earlier this year. This film bravely puts a face to stories we too often choose to ignore.
É difícil criticar esse gênero, porque é típico do ser humano simpatizar com o protagonista em face do desastre e tantas vidas desperdiçadas. Mas Kim Nguyen tem a boa ideia de nos empurrar gradualmente para sua história, através de uma visão diferente da África, além da dualidade governo/rebeldes. E eis sua força (invisível): Um mergulho no campo lendário de uma África paradoxalmente pragmática para nos encantar
This has been a year of extraordinary performances by girls ("Beasts of the Southern Wild", "Just the Wind") among which Rachel Mwanza is a standout. War movies sometimes rely too much on the horrors alone to evoke emotion -- a cheap trick like gore in horror movies -- but Nguyen illuminates a spectrum of human experience, including unexpected humor and tenderness. This is Canadian multiculturalism at its best.