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Posted by martinteller on November 4, 2008

And another Afghanistan film!  This one is also based on a true story, but with more emphasis on “based on”.  Makhmalbaf conjures some memorable images (a horde of legless men racing on crutches to intercept air-dropped artificial legs) but the story definitely feels scripted.  It’s like he had a checklist of things he wanted the protagonist to experience (besides what the real-life journalist actually experienced) and was determined to cram them all in the film.  Still, even if the episodes don’t come together in a way that seems natural, at least most of them are individually interesting.  Rating: 6


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