War witch

War witch

DVD - 2013 | French
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A brutal yet poetic snapshot of life as one of Africa's child soldiers, following a young girl who is kidnapped from her village by a group of rebel fighters. Forced to gun down members of her family and enemy soldiers, she takes solace in fellow soldier Magician, a young albino--and together they begin to consider a way out of their hell.

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garycornell
Dec 05, 2015

A Tribeca Film Classic!! The achievement of French Film Director Kim Nguyen can not be underestimated. She has young African actors who are simply spellbinding. The movie has subtitles, but the film images are very vivid. A movie classic that should be watch by all film lovers!

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MicheleJ
Apr 21, 2015

Very very good.

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runwayman
Aug 30, 2014

Wonderful, wonderful film, even if the subject matter is not to everyone's taste. The acting and directing had me totally engaged from the very start. Highly recommended!

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lune
Aug 28, 2014

Quelle oeuvre!

Je n'arrivais pas à tout comprendre en utilisant les sous-titres en français, j'ai fini par utiliser les sous-titres en anglais pour pouvoir saisir aussi ce qui se disait en français. Il eût été préférable d'avoir aussi des sous-titres pour malentendants, comme un grand nombre de DVD de films. Manque de moyens, je suppose.

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karmafarmer
Apr 25, 2014

The number of subtitled movies I watch are limited. With a minimal dialogue I didn't feel distracted by the reading, nor that I was missing any of the body language or details of the shot. The story of the atrocities in this young girl's life had my full attention throughout. Kudos to the director for not having the violence explicit; to some degree though, it softens the horrible truth that these events have actually gone on for years to people just a plane flight from where we live.

kurasawa1 Mar 21, 2014

I really liked this movie

janicedlb Sep 23, 2013

Ce film a gagné des prix pour Meilleure actrice, à l'Ours d'argent 62 Internationale Filmfestspiele, Berlin en 2012, ainsi que Meilleur film et Meilleure actrice au Tribeca Film Festival, aussi en 2012 et a représenté le Canada aux Oscars en 2013.
Voir aussi www.warwitch.com
"C'est l'histoire de Komona, une adolescente de 14 ans, qui raconte à l'enfant qui grandit en son ventre l'histoire de sa vie depuis qu'elle a été enlevée et forcée à faire la guerre." (du site web)

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0cho
Sep 18, 2013

A poorly done movie about child soldiers in Africa. The main character doesn’t have many lines so it’s hard to get any emotion out of her. Also, things happen too fast so you don’t get to see the bond that was built (how was the relationship with her parent’s?, friends? Etc), so when she loses them you don’t feel sad. All in all, you never get into the main character, which is really a shame. I was expecting to be on a real emotional rollercoaster, but that was not the case. The movie Blood Diamonds does a way better job in handling this subject matter.

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Ron@Ottawa
Aug 31, 2013

An excellent film by Quebec director Kim Nguyen on the life of a child soldier in Africa. The lead girl actress, not a professional actor, delivered a great performance together with the rest of the cast. Shot in Congo, this is a moving story well told by a gifted director who has taken much time to study this issue. English subtitles.

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RDL
Jul 28, 2013

I expected this to show as a low budget film but was pleasantly surprised at Nguyen's accomplishment. Certainly Mwanza was impressive but to make a credible film in such impossible conditions is astounding.

Contrary to today's tendencies the CGI was used to show the local beliefs rather than simply wow spectators.

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