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Kite Runner (The)

Country: USA | China | UK, Language: Dari | English | Pushto | Russian | Urdu, 128 mins

  • Director: Marc Forster
  • Writer: David Benioff; Khaled Hosseini
  • Producer: William Horberg; Sidney Kimmel

CGiii Comment

First of all - there is no point in comparing this to the book - it is such a redundant procedure.

Secondly, it is acceptable to despise a child.

And, thirdly, forgiveness is given by only those who can forgive.

Forster's golden career is simply a reflection of his talent - here is the evidence.

The acting is sublime - especially by the children - but, the adult Amir is a grotesque characterisation played and directed with skill.

The end may be a little rushed...but, how many tears can an eye hold - because when the dam breaks - a flood ensues.

It may be a little heavy on the propaganda - but what the hell, it's a movie and one of the finest films ever made - without a doubt.


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The(ir) Blurb...

In the 70's in Afghanistan, the Pushtun boy Amir and the Hazara boy Hassan, who is his loyal friend and son of their Hazara servant Ali, are raised together in Amir's father house, playing and kitting on the streets of a peaceful Kabul. Amir feels that his wise and good father Baba blames him for the death of his mother in the delivery, and also that his father loves and prefers Hassan to him. In return, Amir feels a great respect for his father's best friend Rahim Khan, who supports his intention to become a writer. After Amir winning a competition of kitting, Hassan runs to bring a kite to Amir, but he is beaten and raped by the brutal Assef in an empty street to protect Amir's kite; the coward Amir witness the assault but does not help the loyal Hassam. On the day after his birthday party, Amir hides his new watch in Hassam's bed to frame the boy as a thief and force his father to fire Ali, releasing his conscience from recalling his cowardice and betrayal.

Cast & Characters

Khalid Abdalla as Amir;
Atossa Leoni as Soraya;
Shaun Toub as Rahim Khan;
Sayed Jafar Masihullah Gharibzada as Omar;
Zekeria Ebrahimi as Young Amir;
Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada as Young Hassan;
Mir Mahmood Shah Hashimi as Business Man in Baba's Study;
Homayoun Ershadi as Baba;
Nabi Tanha as Ali;
Elham Ehsas as Young Assef;
Bahram Ehsas as Wali;
Tamim Nawabi as Kamal;
Mohamad Nabi Attai as Uncle Saifo the Kite Seller;
Mohamad Nadir Sarwari as Spice Merchant;
Mustafa Haidari as Party Worker