Feuerherz (Heart of Fire) (2008)

Feuerherz (Heart of Fire)

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Abandoned by her mother and left to fend for herself as her country attempts to assert its independence from Ethiopia, a young Eritrean girl rails against injustice before re-connecting with the father she never knew, and ultimately being trained to fight in one of Eritrea's liberation armies. Awet was born in the late 1970s, and as the calendar turns to a new decade her country descends into chaos as the citizens struggle to break free from Ethiopia. When her mother disappears, Awet is placed … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Luigi Falorni, Gabriele Kister, Senait Mehari
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Seventh Art Releasing

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

The pint-sized heroine's defiant adherence to humanitarian values renders her more a stand-in for arthouse viewers' right-on worldview than a real child in a specific dramatic situation.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Time Out
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While unsubtle, this German-Austrian drama about the use of child soldiers is worth seeing for a remarkable performance by its 10-year-old lead actress.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
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September 25, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
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Letekidan Micael sets the screen alight in this alarming and memorable story of a child soldier.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

The story, taken from a memoir by Senait Mehari, has come in for considerable criticism as to accuracy... but Falorni's film certainly feels utterly plausibile.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Guardian

Offering nothing more probing than a child's eye view of this "fanatical, fratricidal war", it depresses where it should devastate; an honorable effort that ultimately fails to ignite.

Full Review… | September 25, 2009
Total Film

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