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A Walk to Beautiful (2008)

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

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This documentary follows the inspiring stories of five Ethiopian women who suffer from devastating childbirth injuries. Rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, these women are left to spend the rest of their lives in loneliness and shame. Instead they make the long and arduous journey to Fistula Hospital in Addis Abba where they reclaim their lost dignity. The trials they endure--and their attempts to rebuild their lives--tell a universal story of hope, courage, and

Unrated,

Documentary

Aug 12, 2008

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (2)

Will leave you speechless two times over -- first with despair, then with joy.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The filmmakers' restraint is admirable in this era of overheated editorializing.

February 21, 2008
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A complex and quietly devastating indictment of chauvinist societies that see women as lovers, mothers and servants, and treat anyone who canā(TM)t fulfill those roles as a nonperson.

February 8, 2008
New York Times
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Smith's film is a pure, unabashed humanitarian call to action, but her subjects are eloquent and her cause unimpeachable.

February 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Mary Olive Smith and Amy Bucher feel no need to overlay this health-care calamity with pious outrage.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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If pic's B.O. potential seems slight, the same can't be said of the film's impact on awareness of Africa, altruism and the lifelong misery caused by reparable medical conditions in areas where the closest road can mean a three-day hike.

January 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A powerful, resonant, cautionary tale.

December 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Five young Ethiopian women doomed to social ostracism and physical misery because of 'obstetric fistulas' walk miles to get treatment and reclaim their lives, and in doing so, march straight into our hearts.

May 26, 2009 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

... a beautiful and uplifting film...[and] Ethiopia has never appeared more beautiful than in this film's cinematography by Smith, Tony Hardmon and Jerry Risius.

September 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

A most righteous cause, but one has to wonder if this is a documentary film, or an infomercial for the subject hospital

March 4, 2008
Monsters and Critics

This is the real life that young African natives face, emotionally told by 5 young women, devastated and isolated by obstetric fistula, and their hopeful search for a cure.

February 10, 2008 Full Review Source: tonymedley.com

[Director Mary Olive] Smith makes no pretense of keeping a dispassionate distance from her subject: Her film is an unabashed call to action that shines a spotlight on a problem whose intimate medical nature relegated it to the shadows.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

At times, it becomes reminiscent of the well-meaning but racist documentaries of the distant past and suffers from an unintentionally patronizing Nanook of the North syndrome.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Walk to Beautiful is a tender, evocative documentary...not an enraged film, it's one of optimism and education.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

It is difficult not to be moved by the women's medical progress.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

An enlightening documentary about a serious problem in Ethiopia suffered by poor women who have had obstructed pregnancies.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Had it stuck with more of the community on which it was based, and less on how generous a few foreign doctors are, it would be easier to remember and root for the individual women by their names.

February 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Fernando Meirelles take note: an honest and unvarnished portrayal of your subject, no matter the intended audience, is the most optimal path toward enlightenment and empathy.

February 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Lushly photographed and carried along by a spirited score featuring both Ethiopian and Western music, but the film's most striking element proves to be the women at its center.

February 6, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Has the gentle feel of traditional anthropology.

January 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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