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Sand Storm

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Powerful drama about forced marriage has mature themes.

Movie PG 2016 87 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

eye opening movie

Do you take for granted your liberties here in the USA? You won't after watching this movie. I will watch it again with my daughters. They need to know how women live in other countries, and why we are treated different in this country.

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This film soars as a dramatic achievement, pulled along by the mesmerizing performances of Ammar as Layla and Blal as her mother. Director Elite Zexer mines their emotion-filled faces in long, silent takes, allowing their depth and honesty as actors to provide a subtext that no amount of brilliant dialogue could rival. Omari's Sulinam is a hollow-eyed father and husband also in conflict about his socially bestowed rights as a man and his love for his wife and daughters.

Sand Storm feels ancient and modern at the same time, because conflicts between loyalty to loved ones and allegiance to ideas have existed since humans started living in groups. Characters talk on cutting-edge cell phones, but women cook over fires on the floor. When the generator outside breaks, the lights go out and the milk goes bad. The movie beautifully describes the way everyone here is both trapped and comforted by social and religious imperatives. The movie posits that everyone always has a choice, but theory is powerless in the face of more practical facts: Sometimes options are so painful that the notion of choice disappears. The movie was a World Cinema prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival and was funded and/or sponsored in part by the Israel Film Council.

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