The Swallows of Kabul (Les hirondelles de Kaboul)

2019

The Swallows of Kabul (Les hirondelles de Kaboul)

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83%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 6

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Movie Info

Summer 1998 - Kabul under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love. Despite the daily violence and misery, they hope for a better future. One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn.

Cast

Hiam Abbass
as Mussarat (voice)
Simon Abkarian
as Atiq (voice)
Swann Arlaud
as Mohsen (voice)
Zita Hanrot
as Zunaira (voice)

Critic Reviews for The Swallows of Kabul (Les hirondelles de Kaboul)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

  • As a medium, animation suits this adaptation well; it would have been nearly impossible to shoot as live fiction or on location.

    May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

    Alissa Simon

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The backgrounds animated with simple and watercolor strokes turn the story into a reflection on the path that can lead human beings... to break with unjustly inherited prejudices and to embrace a secular struggle for freedom. [Full revew in Spanish]

    May 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The style suits the substance. Swallows, set during the Taliban's five year regime, grapples with the ability to live meaningfully when self-expression is never without fear.

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A small work, but estimable, more sensitive and more nuanced in its forms and in its animation's in brushstrokes than in its contents, which are too obvious. [Full review in Spanish]

    May 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Suffers from a schematism in its evolution and dialogues that ends up turning the film... into a sort of 'the Taliban regime explained for children'. [Full review in Spanish]

    May 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The Swallows of Kabul vividly captures the horror of life under Sharia Law, packing such a visceral punch in its drama that it's often easy to forget you're watching a beautiful work of hand drawn animation.

    May 19, 2019 | Full Review…

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