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(2000) 73% (A) (11) http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9905EEDA113BF935A25757C0A9659C8B63 * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "Abandoned by their parents, Ali, Kwita, Omar and Boubker are a group of street urchins living in the hard streets of Casablanca. Their everyday lives are filled with violence, roaming the streets begging for money, and indifference. In order to survive, they create a bond of friendship and become each other's surrogate family. "Ali Zaoua" depicts its subjects as children--who despite having been forced to grow up too soon--manage to retain their youthful imaginations. This creativity and naive hopefulness is seen most clearly through several (animated) hallucination sequences." CONSENSUS: ""Ali Zaoua" occasionally crosses the line into heavy-handedness. But it's the eyes of the children that stay with you after "Ali Zaoua" is over as well as the compassion that's evident in every frame. "Ali Zaoua" captures the power of dreams and presence of hope in the harshest of circumstances." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: After I enjoyed "The Grocer's Son" (21 Apr 09 listing), I noticed that it is part of the Film Movement Series (10 films currently). So now I'm going to try this second selection from the series.)
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