The Kite Runner (2007)

MARC FORSTER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 2007, , , , , .  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 2007Golden Globe Awards 2007National 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. is excellent as the grown-up Amir, while is the film’s main strength as his father.

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