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When I first saw Blackboards three years ago I was surprised as well as puzzled that in some ways it reminded me of John Ford's 1950 western Wagon Master.
Reeboir varies between a sweet smile and an angry bark, while Said attempts to wear down possible pupils through repetition. It has no affect on the Kurds, but it wore me down.
A heartening tale of small victories and enduring hope.
There's no denying the strength of these simple images, and the bleak message of learning to sort out your real priorities in times of strife.
A selection of scenes in search of a movie.
Its metaphors are opaque enough to avoid didacticism, and the film succeeds as an emotionally accessible, almost mystical work.
The entire film is saved by its periphery, where Makhamalbaf stops trying to teach us a lesson.
It's a stunning lyrical work of considerable force and truth.
...a poignant and powerful narrative that reveals that reading writing and arithmetic are not the only subjects to learn in life.
A stark metaphor about diasporic people wandering aimlessly through rocky, desolate terrain, buffeted by unseen forces beyond their control.
does paint some memorable images ..., but Makhmalbaf keeps her distance from the characters
The stripped-down dramatic constructs, austere imagery and abstract characters are equal parts poetry and politics, obvious at times but evocative and heartfelt.
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