The Black Tulip (2012)
After the Taliban is routed from Afghanistan in early 2001, the Mansouri family seizes the new window of freedom by opening a restaurant called "Poet's Corner," with an open microphone and an inviting platform for all to read poetry and tell their stories. This newfound hope proves to be fleeting as they struggle to maintain their lifestyle when encountering very real threats from lingering factions of the Taliban. (c) Official Site
as Farishta Masouri
as Akram Zabuli
as Hadar Mansouri
as Belkis Mansouri
as Bobo Jan
as Omar Zabuli
as Satara Mansouri
as Afghan Poet
as Colonel Williams
as Colonel Tanelli
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Critic Reviews for The Black Tulip
Getting a film like The Black Tulip filmed, produced and out into the public is an impressive feat -- it's just a shame the effort didn't yield a better film.
Well-meaning but unconvincing drama looks for optimism in Afghanistan.
A well-intentioned drama that would play much better if it didn't feel the need to make that message quite so heavy-handedly obvious.
Brave, well-meaning effort. . .with a mostly local crew in a high-risk locale. . . Best scenes in too-simplistic film are glimpses of cultural traditions, especially music.
The dialogue is heavily expository, and the actors are not up to the task of breathing life into characters meant to symbolize the Spirit of the Afghan People or the Nature of Evil.
Newlyweds are slaughtered, a child kidnapped and a suicide bombing foiled, all of it advanced by chunks of clumsy dialogue and embarrassingly labored acting.
[Portrays] a vibrant culture and its festive traditions, rarely evoked in depictions of a nation long devastated by war.
Sonia Nassery Cole's evocative Afghan drama is built on so much local detail, it often has the feel of a documentary.
It fails despite real stakes to distinguish itself in any way from the action-movie fantasies to which we're greatly accustomed.
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