Abu-Assad has a great talent for eliciting excellent performances out of the entire cast. Though I didn't find "The Mountains Between Us" to be half as emotionally heartfelt and grounded in the specificity of real lives as this movie, "Mountains" also contained wonderful performances. This film reminded me of "Slumdog Millionaire;" if only it had received the same huge release. Wonderful script and cinematography.
(3.5 stars) Well shot and nicely made biopic about a kid with a golden voice who goes on to compete on "Arab Idol." It's a VERY solid film with good acting and great direction. It all just... works. It's enjoyable and moves a good clip as well. A pretty typical formula for this type of genre film, but it serves the story pretty well. Good stuff.