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Buddha Collapsed Out Of Shame Review

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Hana Makmalbaf's film follows a six year-old Afghan girl over the course of a single day.

★★★★★

Politics get personal in this charming feature, following a six year-old Afghan girl over a single day. While the local boys play, Baktay (Nikbakht Noruz) wants to learn to read. Determined to attend school, she must first buy a notebook, and tries to raise money by selling eggs. It’s a cultural insight that becomes more disturbing when bullies involve Baktay in play inspired by the war. The symbolism can be heavy-handed, but the inexperienced actors are engaging especially Noruz, who wins you over with her resourcefulness and sly smile. A promising debut from director Hana Makhmalbaf, who was just 18 at the time of filming.

The symbolism can be heavy-handed, but the inexperienced actors are engaging.