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To imagine that there are those who would scoff at the idea that fashion cares! As Beyond Borders demonstrates with such lavish sensitivity, fashion cares like nothing else. When it comes to giving up food, fashion practically spews concern.
Beyond Borders makes an earnest stab at illustrating the hardships and sacrifices humanitarian workers contend with -- but in the end, all the suffering merely forms an amorphous backdrop for a Harlequin romance.
Despite their blatant use of humanitarianism for marketing purposes, it's obvious the filmmakers' hearts are in the right place, but the sort of consciousness raising the movie tries to do only works if it's enveloped in a compelling story.
At its worst, Beyond Borders could be accused of exploiting the very cause it wants to champion; at its best, it only makes us wish someone had abandoned this campaign as a lost cause, and started all over again.
Despite all its grisly sights, the most disturbing thing about Beyond Borders is the magnitude of its miscalculation. In this movie, the world's a stage for ill-fated romance, and famine and war aren't much more than props.
By setting a 'thrilling romantic adventure,' to quote the film's press kit, against the backdrop of humanitarian efforts in war-torn lands, this production unwittingly crosses the line between entertainment and exploitation once too often.