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Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul

Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2008)



Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 11

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


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 3

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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Director Nacer Khemir traces the profound journey of a young girl and her blind grandfather into the desert as they search for a legendary gathering of elders in an unknown location. Bab'Aziz is a noble dervish who, along with his spirited granddaughter Ishtar, has been invited to attend a special gathering that is said to take place somewhere deep in the dunes of the eternal desert. There are no directions to the location of the gathering, however, as it is said that those who are meant to


Art House & International, Drama

Nacer Khemir

Dec 16, 2008

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (11) | DVD (1)

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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It is neither engaging nor enlightening.

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

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

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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.

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

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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It's not a film for the impatient -- no guns, no chases, no explosions. What it does have is beautiful cinematography and a thoroughly positive vibe.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

[It] proves that, even in our troubled times, East and West can still come together, when necessary, to produce something completely and utterly confusing.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

More like homework than entertainment

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Those who find Rumi's wisdom as unknowable as desert sand constantly reshaped by the wind that blows it, will have the same reaction to Bab'Aziz.

April 17, 2008 Full Review Source:

[Nacer] Khemir, a poet and a painter as well as a filmmaker... uses the endless, timeless desert landscape to create an existence in which past and present coexist.

March 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

An episodic fairy tale that dazzles the eyes and sometimes tries the patience.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Although beautifully filmed, Bab'Aziz's form mirrors the actions of its characters, wandering the desert and dancing among the tales, returning to the present-day story for Ishtar, with her wise, old face, to say, 'What happened next?'.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The arrival of the film is, to misuse a dervish cliche, something worth singing and dancing about.

February 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

As far as fable imports go, Bab'Aziz is a step up from the Disney-grade moralism of Milarepa, but it's even less memorable.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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  • Bab'Aziz - Der Tanz des Windes (DE)
  • Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul (UK)
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