The Breadwinner (2017) - Movie Review

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

image showing the movie poster for The Breadwinner (2017)


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.  (Rotten Tomatoes)

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes

Genre(s): Animated, Drama, Family, War

Released: November 17, 2017

Directed by: Nora Twomey

Written by: Anita Doron (screenplay), Deborah Ellis(screen story)

Starring: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus

Unlike similar films that give you a few minutes to see things in a state of happiness, The Breadwinner goes straight into how the world really is. Just a couple of minutes in and I was FUMING and on the brink of angry tears. This is not a fantasy story. Things like the actions in this film have happened and unfortunately are still happening all over the world. The Breadwinner gives us a glimpse into the type of cruelty and injustice that many of us will hopefully never experience. At this point, I am sure I have made this film sound like a bit of a downer. However, the great thing about it is that instead of dwelling on all of the horrible stuff, we get a little hope from the occasional humor and the story that Parvana is telling. It does end on a bit of a cliffhanger, which is normally something that would annoy me, but for this movie actually seemed like the perfect way to end it.

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 9/10

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