When I Saw You (2012)
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Together with his mother Tarek (11) has to flee from Palestine to Jordan. Having been separated from his beloved father in the chaos of war, Tarek has difficulties adjusting to life in a refugee camp between thousands of tents and prefab houses.The intelligent boy feels terribly unchallenged in the improvised camp school and is finally expelled because of his rebellious behaviour. From now on he is on his own. Tarek longs for just being a child, he can't handle all those borders around him. The
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When war or other disasters strike, children suffer the most. Uncomprehending, powerless, they can only endure.
Here's a story of refugee life from the perspective of a brash and attentive kid, one just discovering - and often rejecting - the political realities grown-ups accept.
A soft-centered child's-eye view of alienation, toughened by fine acting and Hélène Louvart's full-bodied photography.
Political without point-scoring, Jacir remains true to a child's-eye view, with Asfa's delightful, exuberant performance always upfront.
Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir's second film is slight yet significant - and, because of the situation in Syria, timely - story about a boy whose courage inspires hope among the hopeless.
When I Saw You perhaps comes a little close to cliche sometimes (perhaps it's impossible to watch guerrilla scenes without thinking of Woody Allen's Bananas), but there are great moments and vignettes.
Gently comic life lessons emanate from horrific warfare in this measured and poetic mother-and-son drama.
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