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For a film rooted in a personal story, "Salvation Army" feels awfully remote.
Writer-turned-filmmaker Abdellah Taïa's lovely and elliptical adaptation of his autobiographical novel about growing up gay, effeminate, and powerless in Morocco.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
It's hard to pinpoint exactly where director Abdellah Taia's Salvation Army goes wrong, mostly because it had so much going for it to begin with.
A tale that serves to subvert the romanticized version of gay life in Morocco found in Paul Bowles or William S. Burroughs.
Challenging, and in a legitimate way, not through any buzzy faux-controversial provocation
It's a quiet thud of a film, which embraces, with grace and precision, the nastiness of growing up with desire stuck in one's throat like a muffled scream.
Beautifully observed and melancholic
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