Parents' Guide to

Aisha

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Poignant, relevant refugee drama references rape and murder.

Movie NR 2022 94 minutes
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This moving British drama has real purpose, and demands to be seen and spoken about. Aisha is a well-made film -- an accomplished turn by director Frank Berry -- but it excels mostly in its need for existence. Shining a harsh light on the asylum system, it makes a real point of highlighting the need to listen to the stories of the individual. Refugees are so often seen as mere statistics and this brings humanity and compassion at a time when these traits are so clearly needed. It also ensures the viewer gets a sense for the reason why someone would leave behind their home and family to seek a better life, hopefully serving as a reminder to some that they left because they had to.

Wright excels in the leading role. The actor has a remarkable ability and natural star quality to remain compelling on-screen, with or without dialogue. O'Connor impresses, as always, bringing a sweet heart and undercurrent to a film that is otherwise a tricky watch at times -- but most certainly a rewarding one.

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