Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Own Soul (2008)

Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Own Soul

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Critic Consensus: This visually stunning interior epic inspired by Sufi mysticism explores the magic of storytelling but, like its desert locations, can be a bit dry.


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A blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar, wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every 30 years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab'Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm in order to remain next to a small pool in the desert, staring into its depths while contemplating his soul. As the tale of the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Tonino Guerra, Nacer Khemir
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 2008
Runtime:
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as Red Dervish

as Ramadan
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Critic Reviews for Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Own Soul

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (12)

The cycle of youth and age and the trope of a journey come together inevitably, maybe predictably, but not without sparks of wisdom.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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It is neither engaging nor enlightening.

Full Review… | September 11, 2008
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A lovely if meandering fantasia about the power of narrative.

Full Review… | June 19, 2008
Washington Post
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Cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari (Offside) conjures magic from an array of pastels, shimmering lights, and enigmatic ruins.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Chicago Reader
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The movie never gains much narrative momentum and the religious elements remain a bit obscure to the uninitiated, but the fine Sufi music and skillfully crafted images make for pleasant-enough viewing.

Full Review… | May 29, 2008
Time Out
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Perhaps inevitably, the story and characters in Bab'Aziz never rival the interest of its photography.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Boston Globe
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