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In This World [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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British filmmaking at its BEST
The film is about the international community marginalising those who they are responsible for, these are refugees who have been bombed out of house and home by western governments and then made to live out a dead-end existence in refugee camps, throughout the film they are struggling to get back what has been forcibly taken from them, a free existence.
The ways they go about doing this are the only chance they have, I'm not saying your sympathys should lie with the characters, but the blame should not, this is a topical film of the current political climate.
anyway otherwise, fantastic acting, cinematography by a true modern great.
The film does not go out of it's way to evoke sympathy, tragegy is almost brutally ignored, rather than sentimentally dwelt upon, and there is no pretence of abject suffering in the lives of the unfortunate asylum seekers- merely the dream of a better life in London. Never-the-less one cannot help but be drawn to these compelling characters, and be dissatisfied with the film's conclusion- as with immigration as a whole, there are no answers to be found here.
This is the human face of immigration, and one too often hidden from the eyes of the world. Highly recommended.
The sense of space seems lifted from the work of Iranian filmmakers like Samira Makhmalbaf (the Apple, Blackboards) with the idea of heightened reality coming from the employment of non-professional actors and the general cultural background of the characters. In the opening scenes, Winterbottom offers us an anachronistic narration to give the film a further sense of reality, whilst later scenes show townsfolk and children gazing with wonderment into the camera lens. This façade of the real, (though it is a fictional account based on fact) is so successful, that whenever a character died on screen the people who I viewed the film with questioned whether or not Winterbottom was creating some kind of art-house snuff.Read more ›
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Great to see the story (true) of an actual illegal immigrant, in this case a child, as opposed to the nasty and demonising coverage we often see in the gutter press.. Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2013 by 1reader
Michael Winterbottom's 2002 film In This World is a brilliantly affecting fictional account of the epic journey undertaken by two Afghan refugees, who leave their refugee camp in... Read morePublished on 9 May 2012 by Keith M
Michael Winterbottom's oeuvre is so multi-faceted that it is difficult to talk of a Winterbottom style. Many of his movies are hit-and-miss: some are spot on. Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2009 by Nicholas Casley
The first thing to emphasise is that this is a work of fiction, even if it has strong roots in reality. Read morePublished on 25 April 2009 by Peter Scott-presland
Be warned; don't watch this film with a strong moral view regarding immigration legal or otherwise this is simply the story of what many go through in order to reach the west. Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2008 by Gogol