Feuerherz (Heart of Fire) (2008)
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Critic Reviews for Feuerherz (Heart of Fire)
The pint-sized heroine's defiant adherence to humanitarian values renders her more a stand-in for arthouse viewers' right-on worldview than a real child in a specific dramatic situation.
While unsubtle, this German-Austrian drama about the use of child soldiers is worth seeing for a remarkable performance by its 10-year-old lead actress.
Letekidan Micael sets the screen alight in this alarming and memorable story of a child soldier.
The story, taken from a memoir by Senait Mehari, has come in for considerable criticism as to accuracy... but Falorni's film certainly feels utterly plausibile.
Offering nothing more probing than a child's eye view of this "fanatical, fratricidal war", it depresses where it should devastate; an honorable effort that ultimately fails to ignite.
Audience Reviews for Feuerherz (Heart of Fire)
Extraordinary film about a young girl's transformation into a radical freedom fighter in Eritrea. The lead girl is fantastic, and the film, which takes a close look at the Eritrean struggle for independence and its use of children in its rebel groups, is both disturbing and powerful. This is forceful, by the throat filmmaking.
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