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- Kawthar Al Haddad
- Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
- Nadine Labaki
- Zain Al Rafeea
- Yordanos Shiferaw
- Fadi Yousef
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- The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2018.
Atom User Reviews
Days after watching the movie, I still have some reservations about how abuse is shown in the film, but it’s hauntingly effective. I haven’t been able to shake those images since.
Although the narrative is structured through a highly unbelievable instigating conceit — Zain is trying to sue his own parents in court for giving him life in the first place — Labaki lures such outstanding performances out of the almost entirely non-professional cast and sketches such a credible view of this wretchedly poor milieu that the flaws are mostly forgivable.
If it doesn’t tie many (or any) of these thematic strands with a neat bow, that’s in the nature of a film that chooses raw dramatic power over narrative finesse.