A Screaming Man (2011)
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Film Forum is pleased to present the U.S. theatrical premiere of A SCREAMING MAN, written and directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, beginning Wednesday, April 13. Shot in Chad, portraying the psychological fall-out of an endless civil war, A SCREAMING MAN is titled ironically, from a director who credits Ozu as his strongest influence. Adam is a former swimming medalist, now a 60-year-old hotel employee and head "pool man," who maintains this calm oasis as much for his own benefit as for the hotel's
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It's an intelligent, good-looking film and one that confirms Haroun as one of Africa's leading filmmakers.
Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's movie... shows the quiet desperation that results from inner and outer conflicts.
[Goes] in a blink from an intriguing personal-breakdown portrait to an all-out social autopsy on life during perpetual wartime.
The film is quiet and thoughtful, yet forcefully makes its point about the folly of war.
"A Screaming Man" is a quiet, tender, finally wrenching story of an individual at the intersection of the personal and the political.
The characterizations never comfortably accommodate Haroun's pat metaphor, though his stoic visual storytelling has an oblique gravity, suggesting a slightly altered meaning to each surveying shot of the poolside patio.
Engrossing arty melodrama that brilliantly blends together a tragic political and psychological story set in modern-day Chad.
It's a quietly devastating film, aided greatly by a haunting performance from Djaoro.
Tenderly observed and admirably restrained, A Screaming Man builds into an austere, quietly haunting tragedy.
A Screaming Man is a quiet film about family life, the relationship between fathers and children, and the way generations can shape and reshape each other. It ultimately has a sublime quality.
This is a powerful and depressingly downbeat drama that is often hard to watch, although the inexpressive nature of the main character means that it's difficult to fully engage on an emotional level.
This is not only a good-looking, well directed and splendidly shot and acted film. It is an unforgettable snapshot of a failed country, and one of the best films in London at the moment.
Engrossing and enlightening but it doesn't quite live up to its considerable promise.
Betrayal, guilt, denial, faith and secrecy all roil about beneath the film's placid, almost wordless surface, which is beautifully observed with a stately, Ozu-like calmness.
The director's style is certainly deliberate, but the gradual build-up of events is undeniably thought-provoking, played out in images of stark beauty as Adam's personal odyssey reaches a powerful and moving conclusion.
Haroun deploys no rhetoric at all. His cinema is as mute as Bresson, yet as incandescent.
Beautifully understated, Haroun gives his story room to breathe and the tenderness to touch the heart. A thoughtful tale of fathers and sons.
Draws from a personal understanding that gives its fictional story a tinge of emotional reportage.
It's extremely well-intended and contains the broad strokes of a much better movie, but A Screaming Man's inhuman characters lead to an unfortunate descent into clichés.
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