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Osama (2004)



Critic Consensus: Osama is bitterly honest, deeply disturbing, and utterly worth watching.

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Inspired by a true story, a tale which centers on three generations of women, deeply affected by the advent of the Taliban's rule in their land. Golbahari, a 12-year-old Afghan girl and her mother lose their jobs when this new regime closes the hospital where they work. As the Taliban has already begun to take over Afghanistan, the country's women find themselves forbidden to leave their houses without a 'legal companion'--specifically, a boy or a man. With both her husband and brother dead, there is no one left to support the family--and without being able to leave the house, this mother is left with nowhere to turn. Feeling that she has no other choice, the mother--along with the grandmother--disguises her daughter, Golbahari, as a boy. Now called Osama, the girl embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she tries to keep the Taliban from finding out her true identity.more
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Siddiq Barmak
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 2004
Box Office: $1.1M

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Arif Herati
as Espandi
Hamida Refah
as Grandmother
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Critic Reviews for Osama

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (38)

The first film shot entirely in Afghanistan since the rise and fall of the Taliban, and it's a heartbreaking look back at life under that regime.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

We've heard so much about the cruelty of the Taliban that we think we've heard it all. But there's something about seeing one small human story played out that is still overwhelming.

Full Review… | April 23, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A wonderful and riveting movie experience

Full Review… | August 24, 2010
Cinema Writer

A grueling but wonderful picture.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Great films like Osama, thoughtfully considered, give us the ability to withhold blanket judgments and come that much closer to the truth.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

The film has an almost documentary feel about it.

Full Review… | February 5, 2005
Laramie Movie Scope

Audience Reviews for Osama

The first Afghan film since the fall of the Taliban, Osama is a deeply harrowing and touching movie of great historical importance set during a monstrous regime that seems to have existed centuries ago, only it hasn't been that long that it came to an end.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Holy cow this is not a film to watch if you want a feel-good movie! The horrible life that these women (young and old) had to endure in this country boggles the mind. It's an amazing insight on a whole entire different culture that needs to never ever flourish. Very well done film. Very depressing though.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


A miserable look at a girl named Osama living in the Taliban as a boy; what a crappy existence, but a well-made film.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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