Kandahar (2001)




Critic Consensus: Eerily timely, Kandahar offers haunting images of a bleak land.

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Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf examines the troubling story of life in neighboring Afghanistan in this compelling drama. Nafas (Niloufar Pazira) is a reporter who was born in Afghanistan, but fled with her family to Canada as a child, escaping the violence of the country's political instability. However, her sister wasn't so lucky; she lost her legs to a land mine while young, and when Nafas and her family left the country, her sister was accidentally left behind. Nafas receives a letter … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Andrei Kavun
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On DVD: May 13, 2003
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Critic Reviews for Kandahar

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (36)

It's a simple series of snapshots from a country in pain.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Moves not like a story but a poem, and the images it presents to us are unforgettable.

March 29, 2002
Arizona Republic
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Its themes are universal, its performances are effective in their simplicity and the direction is confident and unfussy.

March 14, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
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If the dramatics of the movie fail to engage as fully as they should, Kandahar remains fascinating as a piece of lyrical journalism.

Full Review… | March 1, 2002
Miami Herald
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Intense, anecdotal and empowered by perversely beautiful imagery.

March 1, 2002
Detroit News
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As with so much in the Islamic world, there are things here that are profoundly beautiful, as well as much that is profoundly scary.

Full Review… | May 10, 2004

Audience Reviews for Kandahar

Weird, didn't like it.

Yinalí Ríos

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Hmm This movie surprisingly kept my interest. Probably because it was so short. But I thought it had some disturbing, lyrical scenes. Worth a viewing, if you're feeling like learning about new cultures.

Joey Nevarez

Super Reviewer

An interesting movie that centralizes on a woman's journey to save her sister in a country she has not been to since childhood.
Niloufar Pazira stars. Worthy!

Leo L

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