Abouna (2004)



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Against all odds, two boys struggle to survive in an impoverished village in Chad in Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's drama. After their father abandons them, Tahir (Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa) and Armine (Hamza Moctar Aguid) set out to find him, but their adventures land them in trouble. Their frazzled mother (Zara Haroun) sends them to a strict school where they're mistreated. The boys plot to escape, but Armine loses control before they make their getaway.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International
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Written By: Mahamet Saleh Haroun
On DVD: May 17, 2005


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While it doesn't tell a story that satisfies most Western eyes, in some ways that's part of the strength of Abouna.

Full Review… | February 26, 2004
Newark Star-Ledger
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Suffers from largely rudderless direction, relying for any sense of profundity on the breathtaking beauty of Abraham Haile Biru's cinematography.

February 20, 2004
New York Post
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Lyrical and stoic.

Full Review… | February 18, 2004
Village Voice
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Mahamat-Selah Haroun's second feature film reveals both the beauties and the harsh realities of modern African life.

Full Review… | April 5, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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March 11, 2004
The New Republic
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