A partly true, partly fictionalized story of a successful Afghan-Canadian, played by Nelofer Pazira, who returns to Afghanistan after receiving a letter from her sister, who was left behind when the family escaped, that she plans on committing suicide on the last solar eclipse of the millennium.
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Shot in a documentary-style, this films draws you in. But somehow you begin to feel that this is shot from an outsider's view, and you become aware of watching a film. However, it's powerful and displays the general inhuman situation in which these people live, forced to comply because they are powerless and no one is interested in helping them.
An ethnographic documentary on Afghanistan staged as a Brechtian phantasmagoria.This is somewhere in between a feature film and performance art so acting is upstaged by props. Werner Herzog would approve.
At first scene I was concerned for what felt like an outsider's perspective, convenient (though awkward) english dialoge and the initial entry point feeling like a voyeuristic westerner hoping to find some savages. Well I was pleasantly surprised and overwhelmed by a handful of scenes of real beauty and humanity. It is a film that suffers from some uneven moments but the humanistic impact of the film still holds.
This film, unfortunately, didn't have much of an impact on me while I was viewing it outside of its breathtaking landscapes and colors. Oddly though, it has lingered with me for quite some time. I can't get it out of my head.