The Breadwinner
The Breadwinner (2017)

Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 17, 2017
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Breadwinner's stunning visuals are matched by a story that dares to confront sobering real-life issues with uncommon -- and richly rewarding -- honesty.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Distressing as it is, the film draws you into the characters' lives.

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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice

On the heels of Ann Marie Fleming's joyful animated indie Window Horses comes Nora Twomey's thematically similar but far darker The Breadwinner.

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Janet Smith
Georgia Straight

The key is that The Breadwinner finds hope, even in this violent place. The climax's descent into chaos is certainly not a fairy-tale ending, but it puts forth a message that courageous acts, even by a child, can make a difference.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

The animation is expressive, as lush and detailed as tapestry. Harsh landscapes shimmer with beauty, even when littered with the bones of landmines and abandoned tanks.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

The Breadwinner is a well-crafted and inspiring story with an important message about female empowerment, embodied in heroic Parvana, something people of all ages should embrace.

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Stephan Boissonneault
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

The film is a perfect representation of what an animated film can do-showing life from a different visual perspective.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

The film is honest enough not to exaggerate the beneficial results of Parvana's courageous act.

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Vanessa H. Larson
Washington Post

Visually captivating even when it's narratively uneven, the animated film "The Breadwinner" tells the story of a brave girl living in Afghanistan under the Taliban in the lead-up to the 2001 U.S. invasion.

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Anita Katz
San Francisco Examiner

The story could be tighter, but the heroine is as intrepid as any Disney princess, and the animation is gorgeous...

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