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When I Saw You

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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Annemarie Jacir

Aug 18, 2014

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When war or other disasters strike, children suffer the most. Uncomprehending, powerless, they can only endure.

April 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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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.

January 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A soft-centered child's-eye view of alienation, toughened by fine acting and Hélène Louvart's full-bodied photography.

January 14, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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An earnest piece of social realism from a child's point of view.

June 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Scotsman
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Political without point-scoring, Jacir remains true to a child's-eye view, with Asfa's delightful, exuberant performance always upfront.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

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.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Gently comic life lessons emanate from horrific warfare in this measured and poetic mother-and-son drama.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Like Antoine Doinel in The 400 Blows, Tarek has a way of using defiance and sarcasm to make himself seem smarter than any ostensible authority figure.

January 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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