When I Saw You

2012, Drama, 1h 33m

11 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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Tarek and his mother, Ghaydaa, cross the border from Palestine to Jordan along with tens of thousands of other people.

Cast & Crew

Ruba Blal
GhaydaaSaleh Bakri:Layth
Ali Elayan
Abu Akram
Ruba Shamshoum
Zain
Ahmad Srour
Touissant
Husam Abed
Al Arabi
Annemarie Jacir
Screenwriter
Annemarie Jacir
Executive Producer
Kamran Rastegar
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Hélène Louvart
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Critic Reviews for When I Saw You

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (2)

  • Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir's second film is slight yet significant - and, because of the situation in Syria, timely - story about a boy whose courage inspires hope among the hopeless.

    June 6, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • When I Saw You perhaps comes a little close to cliche sometimes (perhaps it's impossible to watch guerrilla scenes without thinking of Woody Allen's Bananas), but there are great moments and vignettes.

    June 5, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Gently comic life lessons emanate from horrific warfare in this measured and poetic mother-and-son drama.

    June 5, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • When war or other disasters strike, children suffer the most. Uncomprehending, powerless, they can only endure.

    April 17, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Like Antoine Doinel in The 400 Blows, Tarek has a way of using defiance and sarcasm to make himself seem smarter than any ostensible authority figure.

    January 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Here's a story of refugee life from the perspective of a brash and attentive kid, one just discovering - and often rejecting - the political realities grown-ups accept.

    January 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir's second film is slight yet significant - and, because of the situation in Syria, timely - story about a boy whose courage inspires hope among the hopeless.

    June 6, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • When I Saw You perhaps comes a little close to cliche sometimes (perhaps it's impossible to watch guerrilla scenes without thinking of Woody Allen's Bananas), but there are great moments and vignettes.

    June 5, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Gently comic life lessons emanate from horrific warfare in this measured and poetic mother-and-son drama.

    June 5, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • When war or other disasters strike, children suffer the most. Uncomprehending, powerless, they can only endure.

    April 17, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A sweaty exercise in didacticism.

    August 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • When I Saw You too closely resembles a Children Film Foundation treatise on a subject that deserves (and needs and demands) better treatment.

    March 25, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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