Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 2007. DreamWorks, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Participant Media, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation, China Film Co-Production Corporation, Beijing Happy Pictures Cultural Communications Co., Kite Runner Holdings. Screenplay by David Benioff, based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini. Cinematography by Roberto Schaefer. Produced by William Horberg, E. Bennett Walsh, Rebecca Yeldham. Music by Alberto Iglesias. Production Design by Carlos Conti. Costume Design by Frank L. Fleming. Film Editing by Matt Chesse. Academy Awards 2007. Golden Globe Awards 2007. National Board of Review Awards 2007.
Shy, timid Amir grows up in Kabul with his wealthy father, spending his days playing with his best friend Hassan, who is the son of the house servant. Not long after a horrific incident brings harm to Hassan and fills Amir with shame for not having saved his friend, Amir and his father escape Afghanistan during the Russian invasion and make their way to America, where Amir grows up to pursue his career aspirations as a writer. A phone call floods him with memories and eventually brings him back to the country of his birth when he finds out some bad news about his old friend and is needed to provide some help. This melodramatic soap opera, basically a combination of Beaches and Julia set in the Middle East, is adapted from the bestselling novel by Khaled Hosseini with great emotional depth and sensitivity. The situations constantly threaten to turn sappy, but the characters are all so beautifully drawn and the performances so intensely precise (especially the wonderful children) that the whole thing stays on track throughout. Khalid Abdalla is excellent as the grown-up Amir, while Homayoun Ershadi is the film’s main strength as his father.