The Eagle Huntress (2016)
Critic Consensus: Effectively stirring and bolstered by thrilling visuals, The Eagle Huntress uses its heartwarming message to fill up a feature that might have made for an even more powerful short film.
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Critic Reviews for The Eagle Huntress
A soaring, sweet documentary that welcomes its audience into an unexpected new arena.
Aisholpan is one of life's trailblazers - a feminist pioneer.
The film's feminist message is hardly subtle, but it's still effective. And the peak into the nomad lifestyle - where an eagle just sits on a perch in the living room - is fascinating.
The outline of a modern feminist epic is always there in the background. What's surprising is how fresh and charming the movie manages to be.
This is a wonderfully realistic film. The narrative is simple, almost obvious to a fault.
Audience Reviews for The Eagle Huntress
I'll start by saying the cinematography by Simon Niblett is extraordinary. The scenery is gorgeous to begin with, sure, but it takes real skill to capture the shots he did, and that's what first and foremost makes this a film well worth seeing. The storytelling and pace from Director Otto Bell is also engaging, and it's such a unique tale. And who can forget the heartwarming relationship Aisholpan Nurgaiv has with her father Rys, both playing themselves? They are amazing people. There is a feminist message that is empowering to girls here, and it's a movie suitable for all ages. The film did take some heat for being described as a documentary, and while it's based on true events, it feels staged in portions and is a story told after the fact. Some get quite bent out of shape over that, and to them I would just say get over it and enjoy it for what it is - a beautiful movie.
Magical, funny, moving and uplifting doc with images that will be etched into my brain for weeks.
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