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The Warrior Review

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Lafcadia is leader of the warriors commanded by a tyrannical local ruler. While they are torching a small village, the warrior has a vision, realising that he must leave his life of violence behind him, but finds breaking old bonds of blood is not as easy as he may hope.

★★★★

First-time director Asif Kapadia's film centres on Lafcadia (the excellent Irfan Khan), leader of the warriors commanded by a tyrannical local ruler. While they are torching a small village, the warrior has a vision, realising that he must leave his life of violence behind him, but finds breaking old bonds of blood is not as easy as he may hope. Despite its slim running time, Kapadia's film is truly epic, boasting stunning widescreen photography and a fantastic score, while Lafcadia perfectly fills the role of the questing hero.

If Sergio Leone had made Once Upon A Time In The East, it would have been something like this. Sumptuous and profound, this is a stunning debut.

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