Salvation Army


Salvation Army

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Abdellah is a young gay man navigating the sexual, racial and political climate of Morocco. Growing up in a large family in a working-class neighborhood, Abdellah is caught between a distant father, an authoritarian mother, an older brother whom he adores and a handful of predatory older men, in a society that denies his homosexuality. As a college student, Abdellah moves to Geneva and while faced with the new possibilities of freedom, he grapples with the loss of his homeland. SALVATION ARMY, the directorial debut for Abdellah Taïa - an acclaimed Moroccan and Arab writer - is adapted from his novel of the same name. Taïa is the first writer of his descent to speak out openly about his homosexuality. (C) Strand

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  • For a film rooted in a personal story, "Salvation Army" feels awfully remote.

    Jan 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Writer-turned-filmmaker Abdellah Taïa's lovely and elliptical adaptation of his autobiographical novel about growing up gay, effeminate, and powerless in Morocco.

    Jan 21, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Though the film's European scenes carry too little dramatic weight and might be confusing for those unfamiliar with the novel, the Morocco-set opening 40 minutes are beautifully and quietly observed.

    Jan 20, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Young Moroccan scribe Abdellah Taia moves into the director's seat with the screen version of his autobiographical novel Salvation Army, losing much of the texture in translation from pen to camera.

    Jan 20, 2015 | Full Review…

    Jay Weissberg

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  • [Director Abdellah] Taïa, whose book fleshes out his story more completely, has adapted it into a subtle film with less explication but no less power.

    Mar 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • How many filmmakers wallow in the self-indulgent excesses of autobiography? So few are capable of accomplishing what Taïa does here, which is to regard his own story with relative objectivity.

    Nov 21, 2017 | Full Review…

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