Girls of the Sun

Girls of the Sun

Girls of the Sun

A battalion of women fight ISIS to take back their homes in this Cannes Palme d'Or-nominated war drama from Eva Husson (Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)).

"Somewhere in Kurdistan, Bahar, commander of the “Girls of the Sun” battalion, is preparing to liberate her hometown from the hands of extremists, hoping to find her son who is held hostage. A French journalist, Mathilde, comes to cover the attack and bear witness to the story of these exceptional warriors. Since their lives have been turned upside down, they have all been fighting for the same cause: women, life, liberty." (Cannes Film Festival)

2018Rating: R16, Violence, sexual violence & suicide115 minsFrance, Belgium, Georgia, SwitzerlandFrench, Kurdish, English and Arabic with English subtitles
DramaWarWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
Director:
Eva Husson ('Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)', 'Those for Whom It's Always Complicated')
Writer:
Eva Husson
Cast:
Golshifteh FarahaniEmmanuelle BercotErol AfsinEvin AhmadBehi Djanati AtaiZübeyde BulutArabi Ghibeh

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Girls of the Sun / Reviews

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Awkwardly combines taut action with treacly melodrama.

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Stuff

Stuff

By the end there's also a sense of trying to overegg the narrative, with an attempt to top an untimely impending birth with a potentially horrifying "twist" falling somewhat flat (in fact, it feels like something borrowed straight out of The Handmaid's Tale). It's a pity, because somewhere amongst the muddled editing and storytelling there's a terrific drama.

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Time Out

Time Out

It's a cracking story, shakily told.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

"Girls of the Sun," unlike the women who populate it, is weak and often corny.

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Variety

Variety

Interested parties are better off checking out some of the documentaries, such as "Gulîstan, Land of Roses," rather than this well-intentioned yet cliché-riddled lunge at the tear ducts.

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The Times

The Times

Hugely accomplished and highly entertaining cinema. [Husson] tells the tale of an all-female unit of anti-Isis fighters via the language of Hollywood blockbusters.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Girls of the Sun is partisan and it wears its heart on its sleeve: a powerful, forceful story.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Representational merits alone can't distinguish this movie's clumsy farrago of good intentions, ham-fisted story choices and cloddishly on-the-nose dialogue.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

At once mildly harrowing and completely over-the-top, intermittently intense yet so unsubtle it winds up doing damage to its own worthy discourse.

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