The Kite Runner details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Zekeria Ebrahimi, Shaun Toub, Nabi Tanha, Atossa Leoni, Khalid Abdalla, Said Tashimaoui, Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada, Homayon Ershadi|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||100 Hot Hits, 100 Most Wanted, Top 400 All-Time Rentals, Top Foreign Films, Top World Cinema|
The Kite Runner
|Run time:||2 hours 4 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Jun 2008|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Afghani family values and an eye on their problemsBy PaulaWestwood (397 reviews) from Ashton-Under-Lyne , 01 Jan 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]The story of boyhood friends from each side of the caste system in Afghanistan, this brings home the actual significance of personal tragedies war, disputes and caste systems (in fact bias of any kind) cause, and the vile atrocities and nastiness of all regimes who prey on the easily influenced, weak and displaced. As it is concentrated mainly on one family it brings home the whole reality of suffering such armed disputes of this nature cause. After the fall of Afghanistan to the Russians, those who could afford it fled, and the ones left behind faced hardships that if anything worstened after the Russian withdrawal and the new 'regime' of the Taliban started their own sort of pogrom. There is no hollywood glitz glamour or hype here, just an accurate (slightly watered down for various reasons) following of an a book. If you have any interest in recent history, or world affairs as not thrown at you by some media rag or biased TV news reporting, this will be worthwhile, almost essential, viewing.
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Outstanding FilmBy a customer , 24 May 2012Excellent film, very well written and well shot. The children were fantastic, particularly Hassan. Emotionally draining, but very much worth watching.
worth a watchBy babylon (126 reviews) from Rochester , 16 May 2012Very emotional and I assume true to life. Not what I would class as a family film but worth a watch.
Good film...By AndyRich79 (3 reviews) , 08 May 2012A good film. The story was harrowing and difficult at times yet different.
If you are introducing people to world cinema don't start with this film, it is long and a little tedious at times although the story does win out in the end giving a tear to the eye.
The film kind have made me feel like I missed the same opportunity as I did with 'The girl with the dragon tattoo'..should have read the book.
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A human tale - not a violent one.By a customer , 25 Apr 2012This was a fascinating insight into the outlook of Afghan people over recent decades, touching on the impact of invasion and social upheaval. My wife thought it would be violent and decided not to watch it. But although it touches on issues of violence, this is in fact a very 'human' film. Pity she missed out - She would have loved it ...!
Humanity out of brutalityBy Picaro (68 reviews) from Bangor , 15 Apr 2012A beautiful story about humanity, centered on two motherless boys, playmates of different family backgrounds in Kabul, faced with the brutality of the oppressors (Taliban). One escapes the country with his father (as had the author, Khaled Hossein), to join Afghan Americans in San Francisco; the other succumbs, but his son is eventually rescued from a mean orphanage, in a most dramatic sequence, by the émigré who heroically returns from USA to save the son of his childhood friend (whom he feels he had betrayed. The issue of loyalty v. meanness to a friend is poignantly faced.)
It is truly international, with a Swiss director, Afghan-American author, New York adapter); the film transcends the different local languages, with some help from subtitles. Music by Alberto Iglesias is tasteful and unobtrusive. The editing is very subtle, with the merest hint of the most brutal incidents (except one); and the film, and Extras, repays repeated viewing.
The kites are somehow emblematic of the innocence of that period--a symbol of that innocence (of childhood) that has been lost. And it ends fittingly on a hopeful note. It's that hope at the end of the movie where redemption really comes into place, which new generations get born out of; where forgiveness has its most power.)