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The Swallows of Kabul

Les hirondelles de Kaboul

France, 2019


In the summer of 1998, young lovers Mohsen and Zunaira try to covertly experience passion in spite of the oppressive presence of the Taliban that affects even the most private aspects of life. Meanwhile, older couple Atiq and Mussarat are dealing with a threat even more deadly than fundamentalism.

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The Swallows of Kabul Directed by Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec

Critics reviews

The film’s more interesting celebration is that of Musarrat’s final sacrifice for Atiq. She switches places with Zunaira and takes the bullet meant for her. The crowd of covered women who are watching suddenly scatter and turn into swallows flying, free, through the air. This is beautiful, but I wonder about the message.
May 20, 2019
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