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In This World ( listed as UK, but really Pakistan)
Topic by: artifex
Posted: November 26, 2003 - 12:46 PM PST
Last Reply: February 27, 2004 - 1:25 AM PST

author topic: In This World ( listed as UK, but really Pakistan)
artifex
post #1  on November 26, 2003 - 12:46 PM PST  
I hope this one gets a DVD release, just like A Time For Drunken Horses. Very powerful story of what it's like to try to sneak across a large chunk of the world - freaking scary and dangerous, especially if you're just a kid.

The note at the end made me wonder if it was a true story. I really hope it wasn't, for reasons that will be obvious when you watch the film.

dwhudson
post #2  on November 27, 2003 - 8:19 AM PST  
It sort is and isn't; the journey was actually made and the film was made right along with it. I don't want to drop too many spoilers, but after the film was wrapped, the journey was made again, with the ending for Jamal Udin Torabi turning out pretty much in real life as it does in In This World.

Here's a bit more on all that, i.e., my notes from the post-screening press conference in Berlin earlier this year.
artifex
post #3  on November 27, 2003 - 7:36 PM PST  
> On November 27, 2003 - 8:19 AM PST dwhudson wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> It sort is and isn't; the journey was actually made and the film was made right along with it. I don't want to drop too many spoilers, but after the film was wrapped, the journey was made again, with the ending for Jamal Udin Torabi turning out pretty much in real life as it does in In This World.
>
> Here's a bit more on all that, i.e., my notes from the post-screening press conference in Berlin earlier this year.
> ---------------------------------

Excellent non-spoiling review. I'm glad to see that the segment with the Kurds wasn't just created to enhance the contrast, if you know what I mean.

This movie reminds me a little of Pixote, though I'm not sure why. Other than the quasi-documentary feel, and the bleakness and desperation of each boy's journey through the course of each movie, there's not a lot of similarity between the stories :) Let's hope that the non-actor we root for most in this movie has a better life ahead of him than that of Fernando Ramos Da Silva, especially if he decides to become a rights activist, also.
dwhudson
post #4  on November 28, 2003 - 5:03 AM PST  

> I'm glad to see that the segment with the Kurds wasn't just created to enhance the contrast, if you know what I mean.

Definitely. And their hospitality seemed very genuine to me, too.

> This movie reminds me a little of Pixote, though I'm not sure why.

I think the similarities you outline make sense. Plus, they both have the ability to jolt you into a realization of what life is like for so many without becoming either too maudlin or too distant.
artifex
post #5  on January 28, 2004 - 5:14 AM PST  
Amazon tells me this is releasing in the first part of March.
I've already emailed dvdrequest@, so we'll see what happens.
artifex
post #6  on February 8, 2004 - 9:27 AM PST  
bump...

Amazon shows this as a March 2nd release.
Read the reviews there, and see why I want GC to get it :)
artifex
post #7  on February 25, 2004 - 3:44 PM PST  
> Amazon shows this as a March 2nd release.
> Read the reviews there, and see why I want GC to get it :)

Just checked Netflix, they'll have it, at least. :)
dwhudson
post #8  on February 27, 2004 - 1:25 AM PST  
It's on its way here, too, available as of March 2; queue it now!

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