Kersti Rating: 8/10
MVP: Overall, an amazing movie, but far from the uplifting and hopeful tones of its predecessors. By the same studio that brought you The Secret of Kells and The Song of the Sea, The Breadwinner continues the legacy of the studio’s stunning visuals, and earnest storytelling. Unlike its predecessors however, The Breadwinner is not a fantasy, and I would be cautious before recommending it to a younger audience. This movie tackles some very heavy, real world themes that are much easier to digest in an animated form.
The Breadwinner is about an Afghan girl whose father is imprisoned, leaving her, her mother, and sister with no way to make money or buy food. She disguises herself as a boy in order to take odd jobs to make enough money to support her family.
I am a lightweight when it comes to movies about human suffering (like war movies). I appreciate this movie immensely because I would not have been able to handle it if it were not animated. The frightening and monstrously sad situations the characters find themselves in could very plausibly have happened in real life. It is certainly a movie that makes one understand and appreciate the struggles that some people in this world have and continue to suffer through.