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A universal portrait of human brutalisation
Saturday, September 20th, 2008

The fourth film by the Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf is a harsh, powerful portrait of a mentally retarded youth who is hired by the father of a dis­abled boy to carry him on his back to school each day. The director said that although the main theme of the film “is the metamorphosis of a person into an animal,” the political message is much deeper. She has no doubt that “famine and violence are not mere clichés".

She always works with non­professional actors and ac­knowledges that it is often very difficult to find the right ones.
She also had administra­tive problems which meant she could not shoot the film in her own country and she had to make it in Afghanistan, al­though she claims that it could have been shot anywhere in the world as its basic theme is human and universal.


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