Sweetness in the Belly


Sweetness in the Belly

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Total Count: 6

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Lilly Abdal (Fanning) is a woman caught between two worlds. Orphaned in Africa as a child, she escapes to England as a refugee, fleeing civil war. Lost in this cold new world, Lilly embraces the immigrant community in London, attempting to reunite people with their scattered families. But as her friend Amina discovers, Lilly's mission isn't purely selfless: A passionate lost love affair is revealed between Lilly and Aziz (Mateen), an idealistic doctor. But can Lilly let go of the past?


Critic Reviews for Sweetness in the Belly

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (5)

  • This is a well-crafted, Bechdel-passing film that prioritizes an intersectional female friendship, yet Lilly remains nothing but our Trojan horse into the 1980s Ethiopian refugee crisis.

    Sep 7, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It ticks nearly every box in the checklist of films you wish you could like more than you actually do.

    Sep 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The movie can't decide whether it wants to be about Lilly or about Ethiopia, and never overcomes this conflict.

    Sep 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Sweetness in the Belly has its moments of grace... But for a complicated story set during even more complicated times, Sweetness in the Belly just feels altogether too simple.

    Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Despite its flaws, Sweetness in the Belly hits plenty of the right notes, featuring a breadth of insight possible only when a filmmaker truly knows the place the story is set.

    Sep 10, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • While this movie certainly has the potential, it just misses the mark on its story structure, Lilly's character development, and falls victim to dated cinematic tropes that Hollywood has a bad habit of repeating incessantly.

    Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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