Drama| France | 2017 | 97 min
French, Sango (English subtitles)
Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
With: Eriq Ebouaney, Sandrine Bonnaire, Aalayna Lys, Ibrahim Burama Darboe, Bibi Tanga
Immigrants Story: Central African Republic
Abbas, a high school teacher in the Central African Republic, has left his war-torn country with his two children. They now live in France, where Abbas works at a food market, while applying for political asylum. A French woman, Carole, falls in love with him and offers a roof for him and his family. When Abbas’ application is rejected, they face a crucial decision.
Washington DC Film Fest 2018 - Signis Award - Commendation
Toronto International Film Festival 2017 - Special screenings
Vancouver International Film Festival 2017
BFI London Film Festival 2017 (UK)
In this powerfully visualized and well-acted film, the face of the overwhelming world crisis of refugees and displaced persons becomes deeply personal through a man and his children who find their hopes for work and security vanishing day by day. The film holds up a mirror unflinchingly to society's treatment of people displaced from their own countries.
— Washington DC Film Fest
Haroun delivers a sensitive drama that is driven by its clear, linear narrative, and the tangible characters portrayed by Eriq Ebouaney (Kingdom of Heaven, The Horde) and acclaimed French actress Sandrine Bonnaire form a couple that need to support each other to win out over a reality that seems stronger than their love.
Intimately crafted and set primarily in the different apartments that the family crashes from one week to the next, France takes place far from the Paris most of us know — we never see the Eiffel Tower, let alone a fancy street — with cinematographer Mathieu Giombini altering between warmly lit interiors and the stark industrial landscapes of the suburbs.
— Hollywood Reporter