Monday, April 28, 2014

Salvation Army

France based Moroccan writer Abdellah Taia made his feature debut with his adaptation of his autobiographical novel. A young boy discovers his sexuality while growing up in a big family where he finds himself isolated amongst his sisters and older brother. While Taia is familiar with the story, his lack of skill to adapt the story for the screen is evident which undermines the potential of the powerful story. The film lacks the vibrant energy of the Moroccan culture and feels more sedated despited the striking visual by ace cinematographer Agnès Godard. 1001 Films' coverage of the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival.

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