Abouna (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Abouna (2004)




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Against all odds, two boys struggle to survive in an impoverished village in Chad in Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's drama. After their father abandons them, Tahir (Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa) and Armine (Hamza Moctar Aguid) set out to find him, but their adventures land them in trouble. Their frazzled mother (Zara Haroun) sends them to a strict school where they're mistreated. The boys plot to escape, but Armine loses control before they make their getaway.


Critic Reviews for Abouna

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

While it doesn't tell a story that satisfies most Western eyes, in some ways that's part of the strength of Abouna.

February 26, 2004
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Suffers from largely rudderless direction, relying for any sense of profundity on the breathtaking beauty of Abraham Haile Biru's cinematography.

February 20, 2004
New York Post
Top Critic

Lyrical and stoic.

February 18, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

Mahamat-Selah Haroun's second feature film reveals both the beauties and the harsh realities of modern African life.

Full Review… | April 5, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Gorgeously photographed, thematically complex and nothing if not ambitious, but strangely lacking in emotional punch.

Full Review… | March 29, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

With its use of nonprofessional actors and actual locations, this is neorealism via Chad. However, Abouna is more moving to describe than it is to watch.

Full Review… | April 9, 2004

Audience Reviews for Abouna


(*** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] An immensely likeable and well-made film about two brothers growing up in Africa. The two leads are well-cast and I found the direction to be brilliant.


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