In This World
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Prolific British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom adds to his impressively diverse oeuvre with this harrowing account of two Afghan refugees' passage to the West in search of a better life. The movie opens at a refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan, where Afghans have sought refuge in the wake of the U.S. military campaign in their country following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The story follows Jamal, an orphaned teenager, and Enayat, his older companion, as they make their way from Pakistan to London. Traveling in the back of trucks, by bus, and on foot, the two cross Central… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Puts something like a personal face on what is so often rendered merely as an abstract statistic: the plight of the contemporary refugee in a violently 'globalized' world."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"In This World leaves us with little more than 'Tsk, tsk.'"
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"It is rewarding unlike any other film I've seen."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Your heart will go out to [the characters], especially if your family made an arduous effort to reach America among the waves of immigrants over the last 130 years."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"It will definitely cause you to stop, consider and appreciate your life far more than you did yesterday."
‑ Oz,
"Although the story told is of vital importance, the manner of the telling robs us of the appropriate emotional response."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"In This World is not a facile entertainment, but a prescribed cure for one's compassion fatigue."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"That Winterbotton was able to pull this venture off at all is remarkable."
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"Ferociously stakes a claim to the hearts, and minds, of viewers fortunate enough to see it."
‑ Adam Nayman, eye WEEKLY
"By keeping his focus small and personal, director Michael Winterbottom completely immerses a viewer in Jamal and Enayat's experience. It's quite devastating."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Without an ounce of phony Hollywood uplift, Winterbottom's film cuts right to the heart."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"In This World unfolds with the deceptive dispassion of a documentary, but builds with a sure sense of dramatic epic."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
" odd hybrid of fiction and non-fiction, featuring a cast comprised mostly of amateur actors."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"I'd like for some brave soul to sneak a copy [into the White House], just to bring a slap of reality to the residents of the presidential plastic bubble."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It's a stirring work of advocacy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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