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Breadwinner, The (12A)

Drama, Animation

Canadian animation drama in which a young Afghan girl disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.

The critical consensus

A rare animated film without a shred of sentimentality but bucket-loads of heart and soul. “Stories remain in our hearts all our lives,” Parvana’s father tells her. The Breadwinner is testament to that.

****(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 18/05/2018

Does a wonderful job of making accessible an emotionally complex family film about resilience in the face of terror without deviating from the no-nonsense perspective of its 11-year-old heroine.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 25/05/2018

It's a valiant and vital effort.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 21/05/2018

Against the odds, the tone here is optimistic about human nature. The film even manages to be uplifting, a small miracle given the darkness of its themes.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 24/05/2018

A fiery takedown of fundamentalism, bigotry and oppression of all stripes.

****(*)David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 24/05/2018

How do you keep your family going in Kabul when the only male provider has been imprisoned? Parvana steps up in this delightful film.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 24/05/2018

A thrilling climax brings together all the threads that weave through this terrific movie.

*****Mark Kermode, The Observer, 27/05/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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