Osama Reviews

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April 13, 2014
Why does this movie have 97%? It is not that good. Seriously. Tries way too hard to capture "emotion". Yes, its a sad storyline and whatnot but cinematically poorly executed.
May 20, 2014
Whoa, this was heartbreaking. Showing the plight of three generations of women in Afghanistan living under Taliban rule. Some of the scenes are cinematically beautiful, like the opening one where hundreds of women are protesting (the right to work) dressed in blue against the bleak desert landscape. Ultimately this is just depressing as we follow a 12 yr old girl posing as a boy in order to be able to leave her house without a legal (male) companion to support her mother and grandmother who've both been widowed; cutting her hair changing clothes and working in a tea shop. She is terrified. Before long the Taliban start recruiting young boys by force to their Koran schools and the other students begin to suspect she is a girl. The actress that plays Golbahari/Osama, her face shows such fear and despair. Oh damn the ending....horrific, haunting and unforgettable. 6/6/14
January 2, 2014
Incredible story of a young girl disguised as a boy to fight a law forbidding women to travel, walk or go outside alone without the company & surveillance of a man in nowadays Afghanistan. It's heart breaking & beautifully shot. Great little film.
½ July 21, 2013
Remarkable film , a view to the Taliban rule in Afghanistan from the Women's perspective. It's realistic and violent , There's no hope here, everything goes pessimistically, and the little girl clothed like a boy almost never smiles. Women are used to that patriarchal rule in Osama's society but Taliban makes everything even more difficult. There's a great episode at the end , when the european woman is sentenced to death and the man in crowd tells another "And Where ara the witnesses ?" , but there are no witnesses, it's tallib Judge who decides whats good and whats bad, They break shariat, they act autorithary , it's not just women under pressure but the men too, people here live with islamic justice but talliban sets dictature in the name of Islam and Allah, because of that I don't consider Osama as the example of women's being in Islamic Fundamentalist societies in 85% and I belive that the message of Siddiq Barmak isn't that either, it's just narrow local problem but also it's also a warning too for any other islamic Countries and societies not to let such unjust to raise and hurt people, hurt women. But the other 15% goes to a character of Old Mullah who's then wedded to identified Osama, and he's got 3 other wifes and all of them are cursing him as he's cruel Husband, and claiming that he has destroyed their lives and little girl is listening to that, crying and knowing she's unable to do anything. Mullah's character shows how big power will be given to such human being during the Islamic Regime, in his case not only taliban is guilty but the Islamic Fundamentalism itself. Great film for Art House lovers , serious and a bit depressive, not for Hollywood Action fans.
ElCochran90
Super Reviewer
April 27, 2007
It stayed in my soul forever. Learn from it; open your eyes and realize what the world is going through everyday, and value the things you won and use the most! Enjoy life and learn how to respect... and pray.

85/100
½ April 5, 2013
a true story of a life of a young girl who lives in iraq during the taliban regime
½ December 28, 2012
Broke my heart. Especially the ending.
December 7, 2012
Havent seen yet. Looks like it could be watchable.
November 12, 2012
OSAMA
viewed on 21/7/04 (Wed)

After the show, a womn behind me commented on the film," So depressing!" She meant it not really as a compliment.

My sentiments exactly. It is too depressing to watch. It reveals shocking fact that women in the Taliban era are treated in the most possibly worst way and all in the name of respect for women?!

The title character has to disguise as boy, later named Osama, so that she can work and earn money for her family. You see, women in the Taliban era cannot be seen without a male escorting. In short if there is no men in the house, which is the case in the story, you cannot step out of your house even if it means starving to death.

The girl's true identity is eventually exposed and she will be stoned to death. There is even a sequence to demonstrate that. The accused will be wrapped from head to toe and pushed into a hole. Men will then walk up to her and throw stones at her until she dies.

An old man 'saves' her by volunteering to marry her. Upon reaching his home, it is shown that he already has many wives, all with their children locked up in rooms. As the wives start to prepare the girl for the marriage, they take turns to tell her, all crying their hearts out, how they are forced into marrying the old man. There is also a scene, the old man shows her a string of locks and asks her to choose which one to lock her up. She cries and the old man thinking she is not happy with the collection, takes out his favourite lock - a beautiful gigantic lock.

The feeling I had was like watching a horror movie. Totally disgusted. The wails of the girl make you feel even more uneasy and depressed.

Rating: B+
Expected Rating: A-
July 20, 2012
Not a pleasant movie, but definitely well done.
April 29, 2012
heart-breaking story
½ April 16, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012

(2003) Osama
(In Dari/ Pashtu with English subtitles)
DRAMA

Inspired by real incidents and described as another film which dwells at one time where females are respressed or treated as less than inferior than their male counterparts. In this case it's the result after the war in Afganistan following after the war with Russia, leaving Taliban extremists to impose harsh conditions involving suppressing women, and in this case from the eyes of a 12 year old girl calling herself "Osama" hence the title, to dress up as a young boy to help feed her all female family which also includes a mother and her grandmother. Although alot of it shown is based on fact one way or another, there's still one big inconsistency near the end when it involved the elder employer leaving the village without any warning, and the young 12 year old girl still continued to pose as a young boy when she didn't need to anymore.

3 out of 4
½ March 31, 2012
In Afghan; Afghanistan, the Netherlands, Japan, Ireland, Iran.
½ March 7, 2012
not too pathetic. specially aesthetically coloured scenes. not about bin laden!
Super Reviewer
February 6, 2012
Succeeds where Kandahar doesn't in depicting the plight of women in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban.
January 16, 2012
This movie exceeds at being pretentious, with plenty of pointless symbolism and a message that we can all agree on but "deep". Often moments are taken by the film to in a metaphorical way, tell us what we already know. It feels like the film maker wanted to have this movie be analyzed but has nothing knew to say.

The mentality is to take a complicated situation and make it a simple black and white scenario. I refer to the end of the film where the girl is essentially saved by a creepy old man by him taking her as a wife. While I would not say that child marriage is somehow a good thing, it is still very easy to argue that it is better than for her to be killed.

Osama is a slow passed film in all the wrong ways. In this 82 minute film, the first 20 minutes are spent establishing the plot of the movie. I already mentioned the time it takes out for pointless symbolism and it is definitely is way to much. Instead of taking the time to establish characters, or make the exposition more natural("If only my husband did not die in that war."),or other things to help out the plot, it just waists the time on long shots, and pointless symbolism.

The main character, while in a sympathetic situation, is not a sympathetic character. We get little about her personality and she shows very little that says anything about her. This is the same with most of the characters.

It is slow, stuck up, and worst of all, pretentious and a horrible start for the newly revived movie industry in Afghanistan.
½ December 2, 2011
this film really puts your life into perspective.
November 7, 2011
If not the most disturbing movie I have ever seen certainly one of the most difficult to watch. Non-Taliban members of Afghanistan "society" - especially female - live indescribably horrid lives. This movie should have won the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.
July 17, 2011
Shot almost like a documentary, Osama makes no effeort to hide the shocking and brutal reality that exists under the rule of the taliban.
July 31, 2011
This movie was completely beyond......
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