Chad, 2006. The government has granted amnesty to all war criminals, including Nassara, now a modest baker. Atim, 16, is sent to murder him, as he killed Atim’s father. Atim gets himself hired as an apprentice baker. Over the weeks, a strange relationship evolves between the two.
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A man who cannot speak and a man who cannot see, and between them the only possibility for reconciliation a boy who cannot remember the events he has to avenge. Simmering themes of hatred, revenge, forgiveness, family, and masculinity run through this minimalist parable and moral tale for a war-torn Chad - but Haroun also has a very keen grasp of human emotions and his characters speak volumes with deadened stares.
what sticks with me about this movie was that there was no soundtrack. the film was filled with striking silences which really allowed you to focus on the characters actions and expressions. wonderful movie. watch it.
Sur les immuables thématiques de la vengeance, du pardon et de la culpabilité, une lente et amène oeuvre d'origine franco-tchadienne, efficace et sobre, d'une urgente bienvenue, fort justement primée au festival de Venise... www.cinefiches.com