My Sunny Maad assessment – tradition shock animation for girl’s Afghan love

My Sunny Maad assessment – tradition shock animation for girl’s Afghan love

Post-Taliban Kabul is seen by way of the eyes of a Czech bride on this new movie from acclaimed animation director Michaela Pavlátová, who was Oscar nominated in 1993 for her quick movie Phrases Phrases Phrases. Tailored from a novel by conflict journalist Petra Procházková, the Golden Globe-nominated movie boasts placing visuals, however lacks the sort of emotional authenticity that will elevate it past a sob story.

When Herra meets Nazir throughout their college days within the Czech Republic, it’s love at first sight. Their relationship leads Herra to Afghanistan the place the pair marry and dwell with Nazir’s household. The tradition shock comes swift: Herra has a troublesome time adjusting to her stay-at-home existence and the harassment that she endures as a western girl in Kabul. Whereas Nazir’s grandfather is liberal and understanding, his brother-in-law Kaiz bodily abuses his spouse, and forces his daughter to marry in opposition to her will. When the couple start working at an American base, Herra is shocked to see Nazir succumb to the affect of conventional patriarchal values.

Whereas My Sunny Maad makes an attempt to keep up a fragile steadiness in its portrayal of Afghan society, the movie presents so little perception into the interiority of its characters that they find yourself as little greater than stereotypes. It’s also uncertain of its tone; a scene of home violence, for instance, is lumped right into a sequence of lighthearted every day vignettes, as if abuse is merely a unusual reality of life in Kabul. Even Maad, a homeless boy with particular wants who’s adopted by Herra and Nazir, looks like an afterthought, although his identify kinds the movie’s title.

The animation is nice sufficient, however I discovered myself eager for one thing like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, which succeeds in being vital of oppressive cultural practices with out flattening its characters into political speaking factors.

My Sunny Maad is launched on 29 September on BFI Participant.

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