Io Capitano

critic Reviews

, 96% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A journey toward hope, Io Capitano perambulates through the ravishing Saharan landscape encountering the most sublime and debased corners of humanity.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Jonah NinkChicago Reader
    Io Capitano tells an immigrant story, demanding accountability for both direct evils and everyday complicity.
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    Odie HendersonBoston Globe
    It’s well-directed, beautifully shot, and features superb performances by newcomers Seydou Sarr and Moustapha Fall.
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    Leonard Maltinleonardmaltin.com
    This is storytelling at its most visceral, painted on a broad canvas that reminded me of a saga by David Lean. In a year when all five Oscar contenders for International Film are so worthy, this one captured my heart
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    Thelma AdamsAARP Movies for Grownups
    Io Capitano combines magic realism and ultrarealism to give audiences insight into the emotional journey of two lovely and loving young men who share a dream that threatens to tip over into nightmare. Harrowing and uplifting.
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    Oliver JonesObserver
    Italian director Matteo Garrone mixes magic realism and brutal reality, but what's most impressive is the profoundly moving work of actors Seydou Sarr and Moustapha Fall.
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    Carlos AguilarLos Angeles Times
    Io Capitano is as unflinching as it is robust with empathy.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    A gut-wrenching powerhouse, this vivid and immersive immigrant drama is a riveting examination of big dreams and childhood innocence colliding with harsh realities and uncomfortable truths.
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    James VerniereBoston Herald
    As new as today's news, as ancient as world mythology.
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    Neely SwansonEasy Reader (California)
    It opens our eyes to the dangers faced by migrants searching for a better life. The vilification of those trying to escape poverty is unconscionable in this day and age.
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    Aaron NeuwirthWe Live Entertainment
    There’s a lot of tragedy on display. Yet, the presentation of what’s occurring and the drive of these characters ultimately make this a powerfully fulfilling adventure.
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