Nora Twomey's adaptation of Deborah Ellis' novel is an important animated film about a family's perserverance even in the face of intolerance and religion. The animation is stellar from the makers of 'Song of the Sea' and 'Secret of Kells' but somehow it fails in providing something more profound or authentic in its execution.
"My name is Sulayman. My mother is a writer; my father is a teacher; and my sisters always fight each other. One day I found a toy on the street. I picked it up. It exploded. I don't remember what happened after that, because it was the end." Damn, this movie is heart-breaking.
A film about the power of storytelling in the face of oppression, despair and death: "Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder." We need more women telling, writing, producing, filming and crafting stories like Parwana's.
This is so achingly beautiful, and the fact that this might be happening somewhere else in part of the world makes the story even more heartbreaking than ever. "Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that makes the flowers grow, not thunder."
No more fairies and selkies to which we were so accustomed. This time, we find ourselves in a politically unstable and war-torn Kabul under the Taliban regime. Not many films can tackle so well bigotry, oppression and institutionalised misogyny, and still be a delightful fairytale for both children and adults. Full review https://fornocturnalanimals.blogspot.com/2018/08/the-breadwinner-reviewlist-of-10-great.html
"My name is Sulayman. My mother is a writer; my father is a teacher; and my sisters always fight each other. One day I found a toy on the street. I picked it up. It exploded. I don't remember what happened after that, because it was the end." my heart is aching knowing this story could be real
Good storytelling about why storytelling is so important. When I used to be a small child, stories used to come to life the same way, but I lacked the adversity that the characters in this film had to face.
A film that makes you appreciate the quiet country where no tragic news is the norm and reminds about the horrific amount of bloodshed-news that have been the sad normality for the people of Central Asia for too long. A very tough animation told with the greatest intentions - that sincere storytelling can save the day (if not the world). If more people would put their energy into telling great stories then what?