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Abouna (2002) - Our Father (Chad)

PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2005 11:51 pm
by trevor826
Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Starring Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa, Hamza Moctar Aguid

A very melancholic experience but always with a glimmer of positivity.

Two brothers, there father has left home, no reason why, hes just gone! Their mother finds it increasingly difficult to cope with them especially when they start skipping school so she packs them off to a Koran school where they live.

One of the women there takes a shine to Amine because he reminds her of her son who drowned, the older brother Tahir finds himself attracted to a deaf mute girl and romance blossoms.

The brothers try to escape from the school because they want to find their father but theyre caught and Tahir is severely punished. There are several more episodes of pain and loss but also love and hope.

The film moves at a very slow pace with some stunning scenic shots but although itll move you, theres nothing truly memorable about the story.

Worth seeing as an example of African cinema but there are better choices out there.

Cheers Trev.

BBFC rated PG

Re: Abouna (2002) - Our Father (Chad)

PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:54 am
by arsaib4

Available on DVD from Home Vision Entertainment. Extras include an interview with the director along with two of his early shorts.