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Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf examines the troubling story of life in neighboring Afghanistan in this compelling drama. Nafas (Niloufar Pazira) is a reporter who was born in Afghanistan, but fled with her family to Canada as a child, escaping the violence of the country's political instability. However, her sister wasn't so lucky; she lost her legs to a land mine while young, and when Nafas and her family left the country, her sister was accidentally left behind. Nafas receives a letter from her sister announcing that she's decided to kill herself during the final eclipse… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a simple series of snapshots from a country in pain."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"If the dramatics of the movie fail to engage as fully as they should, Kandahar remains fascinating as a piece of lyrical journalism."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"I would have recommended "Kandahar" at any time; current events make it a must-see film."
‑ Jurgen Fauth, About.com
"This film is more didactic and less cinematic than I might like, but Makhmalbaf speaks from the heart and the film should be judged accordingly."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"[Let me] remove the wool over so many critics' eyes and call Kandahar what it is: a boring, pedantic and obvious story [lent some] timeliness by the events of Sept. 11."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Moves not like a story but a poem, and the images it presents to us are unforgettable."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Intense, anecdotal and empowered by perversely beautiful imagery."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"The result is stunning -- both as a narrative film and as a document of the place and time."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"Both a fine example of the striking work being done by contemporary Iranian filmmakers and a near-documentary testament to the painful modern history of Afghanistan."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Kandahar works best as a semidocumentary, explaining the overwhelming hunger and poverty, the savage effects of land mines and the barbaric treatment of women in Afghanistan."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"Its themes are universal, its performances are effective in their simplicity and the direction is confident and unfussy."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"As with so much in the Islamic world, there are things here that are profoundly beautiful, as well as much that is profoundly scary."
‑ Lance Goldenberg, Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)
"Kandahar consistently feels as if it was shot on the fly, which fuels its sense of urgency and deepens its emotional weight."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Although a surreal darkness pervades several passages of Kandahar, through the misfortune of its timing, it's curiously tame."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"Makhmalbaf fully achieves his aim of showing life in a society devoid of hope (especially for women) and ruled by soul-crushing barbarians."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
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