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Well-meaning but unconvincing drama looks for optimism in Afghanistan.
A well-intentioned drama that would play much better if it didn't feel the need to make that message quite so heavy-handedly obvious.
The dialogue is heavily expository, and the actors are not up to the task of breathing life into characters meant to symbolize the Spirit of the Afghan People or the Nature of Evil.
Newlyweds are slaughtered, a child kidnapped and a suicide bombing foiled, all of it advanced by chunks of clumsy dialogue and embarrassingly labored acting.
[Portrays] a vibrant culture and its festive traditions, rarely evoked in depictions of a nation long devastated by war.
Sonia Nassery Cole's evocative Afghan drama is built on so much local detail, it often has the feel of a documentary.
Getting a film like The Black Tulip filmed, produced and out into the public is an impressive feat -- it's just a shame the effort didn't yield a better film.
Brave, well-meaning effort. . .with a mostly local crew in a high-risk locale. . . Best scenes in too-simplistic film are glimpses of cultural traditions, especially music.
It fails despite real stakes to distinguish itself in any way from the action-movie fantasies to which we're greatly accustomed.
You will not go away unmoved. See it, and learn something.
There are good intentions here, but too little nuance ...
Set and shot in post-U.S.-liberation Afghanistan, The Black Tulip is noteworthy for its existence alone-and not, unfortunately, for much else.
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