TIFF 2017: ‘The Breadwinner’ Review

the breadwinner movie still

Elevation Pictures

Based on Deborah Ellis’ award-winning children’s novel of the same name, The Breadwinner is about the story of Parvana, a young Afghan girl living in a Taliban-controlled Kabul, and her family. Females are not allowed to be outside without a male, so when her father is captured and imprisoned by the Taliban, she pretends to be a boy in order to become the sole breadwinner for the family. With her new disguise, she’s now able to go to the market to buy supplies, and simultaneously tries to find a way to break her father out of prison.

While the animation in The Breadwinner is stunning – it’s a mix of 2D animation and digital paper cut-outs – the story itself felt bogged down. The film moves almost at a glacial pace, making it feel much longer than its 97 minutes. There’s a beautiful story under all of the bright, vibrant colours, but it’s just told much too slowly.

Rating: 5/10

Public Screenings: Sept 10 3 pm, Sept 16 1 pm

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