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  1. Loz Loory's rating of the film You All Are Captains

    Lovely film. So many frames look like Cartier-Bresson's "decisive moment" photographs. Enjoyed the journey from the first half in the city, where the kids are bouncing off the walls under the rule of the egotistical, narcissistic "director," to the pastoral second half, where the kids relax and frolic in the country. I hope in "real life" child labor laws were enforced!

  2. EdieEmm's rating of the film You All Are Captains

    Something doesn't sit well. Will re-watch...

  3. Slappy McGee's rating of the film You All Are Captains

    An interesting conceit revolving around the "making of" a documentary. Walking that fine line between real and narrative. Pretty well done in that manner. Filmed in black and white which seems to add to its somewhat realistic look at some Moroccan youth, who come across as daily terrors these kids. Oh mercy. It's not the deepest of films and the ending goes a bit astray for my tastes. But I'd say it's worth the view.

  4. msmichel's rating of the film You All Are Captains

    Laxe's debut feature is a playful take on the possible condescending nature of filmmaker's taking on non first world stories especially involving children. The film evolves as it goes on and despite its gorgeous images never really achieves the director's intent. Instead one is left with the desire to rewatch so Kiarostami instead.

  5. Funda Can Çuvalcı's rating of the film You All Are Captains

    I liked the self-reflexive approach of this documentary.

  6. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film You All Are Captains

    Writer-director Oliver Laxe explores some interesting, if familiar, ideas in this blend of documentary and fiction that posits him as a visitor trying to teach children a bit about film-making while striving to twist things to his own end. This inevitably corrupts the potential purity of the central idea, revealing the chasm that lies between the humans making movies and the camera that simply films everything.

  7. Jacques de Villiers's rating of the film You All Are Captains

    Made me think of Haroun's Bye Bye Africa and Sissako's La vie sur terre. Like these other feature debuts in which the director is present, Laxe's film feels like a space-clearing endeavour, a remorseless self-scrutiny of the filmmaking enterprise in which the filmmaker confronts the anxieties and ethical quandaries of his craft. This creative self-exorcism complete, the filmmaker can then move on to other work...

  8. sam's rating of the film You All Are Captains

    Well I think that the negative responses I have just read to this are fairly normal as it takes a while to get into but pays off immeasurably if you can sit back and enjoy the poetry at work

  9. captainfez's rating of the film You All Are Captains

    Yeah kid I just don't care about your film.

  10. Superfrog's rating of the film You All Are Captains

    Beginning is very successful, but then it drags on a bit. The theme of filming people filming is only bearable because of the novelty of having kids in Morocco filming as a theme and a pretty solid set of interrogations.

  11. Victor Morosoff's rating of the film You All Are Captains

  12. Juan Soto's rating of the film You All Are Captains

    The wise profoundness and simplicity of childhood, illuminates this reflection on creation–not only of films–but also of a post-colonial state of mind.