Review: The Breadwinner

Nominated for an Academy Award but only now gracing our screens, ‘The Breadwinner’ follows the remarkable story of Parvana who disguises herself as a boy to help provide for her family when her Father is captured by the Taliban. Set during 2001 at the height of the Taliban, the film explores how women, no matter what age, were treated as nothing, to the point they couldn’t leave their own house without a male accompanying them. The film may sounds extremely harrowing, but it’s biggest strength is how the events unfold and will affect everyone emotionally, no matter of age or gender.

Parvana’s family spend the majority of the film just trying to survive as they are left helpless. It might seem shocking a family would send their own child out and risk being caught, but these were the lengths people had to go to survive. The entire story is handled so beautifully that it does the one thing that makes an animation brillaint – you begin to see everything as real life.

The entire story is handled so beautifully that it does the one thing that makes an animation brillaint – you begin to see everything as real life.

Speaking of the animation, while the film transports you into the world, it’s important to note how beautiful it all looks. There are two different art styles used, one for the main storyline and the other for the stories being told. The main style is beautiful and helps to capture the dangers of Parvana’s surroundings as well as bringing the markets to life. The second style on the other hand keeps the element of what is transpiring on screen is a story while also not distracting you from the fact it has changed.

Parvana’s story is utterly gripping and one you can’t take your eyes off of. You want her to succeed, but knowing danger is literally around every corner means you can never be fully comfortable with her actions. The third act, while not giving anything away, is a rollercoaster ride and one you will not be able to look away from.

Parvana’s story is utterly gripping and one you can’t take your eyes off of.

‘The Breadwinner’ is a triumph. It’s suitable for kids as well as adults and does well not to shy away from the darkness of Parvana’s life, but is smart enough to not concentrate solely on it. It’s not only one of the best animations of recent memory, it’s one of the best films this year, and one you really should try and see asap.

9/10

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