Blood ties, patriotism and religion shape the fateful decision of a father and son who abandon their home in France to fight for the revolution in their native Syria, becoming both liberators and jihadists.
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Complex and fascinating. The Ayachi family, around whom Malterre builds his story, is extraordinary - already compelling enough for a film. Malterre gets credit for embedding the story in the family's own sense of its context (even when that POV requires setting up at rebel frontlines). The result is an unprecedentedly nuanced, beautifully empathetic & sorely needed depiction of the Syrian socio-political landscape.