The Breadwinner (2017)


Critic Consensus: The Breadwinner's stunning visuals are matched by a story that dares to confront sobering real-life issues with uncommon -- and richly rewarding -- honesty.


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Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom-and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is an inspiring and luminously animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times

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Critic Reviews for The Breadwinner

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (16)

This is a day-to-day survival story that stirs the heart and fires the imagination.

May 25, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

There's a calmness and clarity to this engaging animation...

May 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Children must grow up fast under such circumstances, and The Breadwinner derives its lasting sense of tragedy from its consideration of how they've been stripped of their childhood. There's a sad undercurrent to Parvana's fairy tale.

Jan 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The animation is expressive, as lush and detailed as tapestry. Harsh landscapes shimmer with beauty, even when littered with the bones of landmines and abandoned tanks.

Nov 30, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The film is honest enough not to exaggerate the beneficial results of Parvana's courageous act.

Nov 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

On the heels of Ann Marie Fleming's joyful animated indie Window Horses comes Nora Twomey's thematically similar but far darker The Breadwinner.

Nov 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Breadwinner

With beautiful visuals and a similar premise to the devastating Osama, this is a poignant animated film that doesn't shy away from its harrowing subject and yet is able to come up with a surprising amount of lightness in the fantasy stories that its protagonist always returns to.

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