Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Own Soul
Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Own Soul (2008)

Director Nacer Khemir traces the profound journey of a young girl and her blind grandfather into the desert as they search for a legendary gathering of elders in an unknown location. Bab'Aziz is a noble dervish who, along with his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 16, 2008
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This visually stunning interior epic inspired by Sufi mysticism explores the magic of storytelling but, like its desert locations, can be a bit dry.

Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune

The cycle of youth and age and the trope of a journey come together inevitably, maybe predictably, but not without sparks of wisdom.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari (Offside) conjures magic from an array of pastels, shimmering lights, and enigmatic ruins.

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Mike Scott

It's not a film for the impatient -- no guns, no chases, no explosions. What it does have is beautiful cinematography and a thoroughly positive vibe.

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Peter Schilling
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It is neither engaging nor enlightening.

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Joshua Land
Time Out New York

The movie never gains much narrative momentum and the religious elements remain a bit obscure to the uninitiated, but the fine Sufi music and skillfully crafted images make for pleasant-enough viewing.

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Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

[It] proves that, even in our troubled times, East and West can still come together, when necessary, to produce something completely and utterly confusing.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

A lovely if meandering fantasia about the power of narrative.

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Michael Hardy
Boston Globe

Perhaps inevitably, the story and characters in Bab'Aziz never rival the interest of its photography.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

More like homework than entertainment

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