Despite the locale, ABC Africa is both new and familiar for those who know Kiarostami, and it's a great introduction for those who don't.
| Original Score: 4/5
Unexpectedly humane and lovely and not at all preachy.
There is a sense here of an encroaching darkness humbly met, unburdened by one-note feelings such as fear or joy and simply experienced as a profound moment of enlightenment.
| Original Score: 3/4
An upbeat personal film telling in an amiable touristy way the story of the Ugandan orphans.
| Original Score: B+
Will do nothing to advance or detract from the reputation of the acclaimed Iranian filmmaker.
A gorgeous and surprisingly profound meditation on a place and its people.
Kiarostami has crafted a deceptively casual ode to children and managed to convey a tiny sense of hope.
| Original Score: 3/4
Very much a home video, and so devoid of artifice and purpose that it appears not to have been edited at all.
| Original Score: C
Kiarostami profoundly displays Uganda's life and culture through his touristy pictures, as deceptively simple as the alphabet
| Original Score: B
So muddled, repetitive and ragged that it says far less about the horrifying historical reality than about the filmmaker's characteristic style.
| Original Score: D
There are more shots of children smiling for the camera than typical documentary footage which hurts the overall impact of the film. It's makes a better travelogue than movie.
| Original Score: 2/5
The you-are-there style ultimately enhances ABC Africa's ability to get inside the soul of Uganda, and of the viewer.
A movie of seemingly limpid transparency and tremendous, understated compassion.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
ABC Africa, with its impressionistic style, doesn't provide much in the way of facts ... but it does provide glimpses of the dying.
The people in ABC Africa are treated as docile, mostly wordless ethnographic extras.
The rich and surprising series of 'impressions' that comprise ABC Africa celebrate the orphans' resilience and, even amid such destitution, the richness of human experience.
A heart-wrenching documentary about the 1.6 million orphans in Uganda whose parents died of AIDS.
It's a surprisingly uplifting experience, and in the end, unmistakably a Kiarostami film.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
You come away from his film overwhelmed, hopeful and, perhaps paradoxically, illuminated.
Fulfilling his mandate to make useful publicity, Kiarostami unavoidably expressed himself.