A Screaming Man
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Film Forum is pleased to present the U.S. theatrical premiere of A SCREAMING MAN, written and directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, beginning Wednesday, April 13. Shot in Chad, portraying the psychological fall-out of an endless civil war, A SCREAMING MAN is titled ironically, from a director who credits Ozu as his strongest influence. Adam is a former swimming medalist, now a 60-year-old hotel employee and head "pool man," who maintains this calm oasis as much for his own benefit as for the hotel's Western guests. The tensions between Adam and Abdel, his adult son, are exacerbated… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's an intelligent, good-looking film and one that confirms Haroun as one of Africa's leading filmmakers."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"The film is quiet and thoughtful, yet forcefully makes its point about the folly of war."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Engrossing arty melodrama that brilliantly blends together a tragic political and psychological story set in modern-day Chad."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's a quietly devastating film, aided greatly by a haunting performance from Djaoro."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"This is a powerful and depressingly downbeat drama that is often hard to watch, although the inexpressive nature of the main character means that it's difficult to fully engage on an emotional level."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's movie... shows the quiet desperation that results from inner and outer conflicts."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
""A Screaming Man" is a quiet, tender, finally wrenching story of an individual at the intersection of the personal and the political."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Tenderly observed and admirably restrained, A Screaming Man builds into an austere, quietly haunting tragedy."
‑ , Daily Express
"This is not only a good-looking, well directed and splendidly shot and acted film. It is an unforgettable snapshot of a failed country, and one of the best films in London at the moment."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"[Goes] in a blink from an intriguing personal-breakdown portrait to an all-out social autopsy on life during perpetual wartime."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"The characterizations never comfortably accommodate Haroun's pat metaphor, though his stoic visual storytelling has an oblique gravity, suggesting a slightly altered meaning to each surveying shot of the poolside patio."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"One man's dark night of the soul brought on by civil war in Chad."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A Screaming Man is a quiet film about family life, the relationship between fathers and children, and the way generations can shape and reshape each other. It ultimately has a sublime quality."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"Engrossing and enlightening but it doesn't quite live up to its considerable promise."
‑ Emma Simmonds, Little White Lies
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