When I Saw You
When I Saw You (2012)

Together with his mother Tarek (11) has to flee from Palestine to Jordan. Having been separated from his beloved father in the chaos of war, Tarek has difficulties adjusting to life in a refugee camp between thousands of tents and prefab… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
DVD Release Date: August 18, 2014
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

When war or other disasters strike, children suffer the most. Uncomprehending, powerless, they can only endure.

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Siobhan Synnot

An earnest piece of social realism from a child's point of view.

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Peter Bradshaw

When I Saw You perhaps comes a little close to cliche sometimes (perhaps it's impossible to watch guerrilla scenes without thinking of Woody Allen's Bananas), but there are great moments and vignettes.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

Here's a story of refugee life from the perspective of a brash and attentive kid, one just discovering - and often rejecting - the political realities grown-ups accept.

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Simon Kinnear
Total Film

Political without point-scoring, Jacir remains true to a child's-eye view, with Asfa's delightful, exuberant performance always upfront.

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David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Gently comic life lessons emanate from horrific warfare in this measured and poetic mother-and-son drama.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A soft-centered child's-eye view of alienation, toughened by fine acting and Hélène Louvart's full-bodied photography.

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David Hughes
Empire Magazine

Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir's second film is slight yet significant - and, because of the situation in Syria, timely - story about a boy whose courage inspires hope among the hopeless.

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Alan Jones
Slant Magazine

Like Antoine Doinel in The 400 Blows, Tarek has a way of using defiance and sarcasm to make himself seem smarter than any ostensible authority figure.

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