Rebelle

Rebelle

Rebelle

Berlin Film Festival-winning French war drama that tells the story of Komona, a girl kidnapped at the age of 12 by rebel soldiers and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle. Forced to commit unspeakable acts of brutality, she finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions (inspiring a rebel chief to anoint her 'War Witch'), and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician. Together, they manage to escape the rebels' clutches. But after their freedom proves short-lived, Komona realises she must find a way to bury the ghosts of her past.

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Special Mention) and Silver Berlin Bear (Best Actress, for Mwanza) at Berlin Film Festival 2012.
2012Rating: R13, Violence and content that may disturb90 minsCanadaFrench and Lingala with English subtitles
DramaWarWorld Cinema
94%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Along with the moral lesson, Nguyen remembers to give auds some pleasures, including... Nicolas Bolduc's cinematography and the very artful use of sound throughout.

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Time Out

Time Out

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The film's subject is almost too horrible to contemplate, but it finds a way to space out the blows without softening them.

4.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Committed to revealing the world through Komona's eyes, and you never feel a taint of voyeurism or condescension. It stays true to her.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The powerful things we expect from War Witch are as advertised, but what we don't expect is even better.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Sensitively imagined story... a genre benchmark and a breakout work for writer-director Kim Nguyen.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

A remarkably mature portrait that trusts its audience to have their own reactions to its material; it doesn't yank at the heartstrings so much as expertly tune them.

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I would have cried all the way through this if I hadn't been so stunned by the amazing narrative, acting and imagery in this film. I would recommend it to anyone, but as a disclaimer, this is not a feel good movie; although it did make me feel an awful lot.

5.0
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10 years were needed to write the scenario, find funding and finally film this uncategorizable wonder . The story is told in the first person. It is Komona's story (brilliantly played by Rachel Mwanza, a former street child). The images, dialogue and music, all reflect the character's confusion, the mood swings of a child whose mind is clouded by...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Along with the moral lesson, Nguyen remembers to give auds some pleasures, including... Nicolas Bolduc's cinematography and the very artful use of sound throughout.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The film's subject is almost too horrible to contemplate, but it finds a way to space out the blows without softening them.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Committed to revealing the world through Komona's eyes, and you never feel a taint of voyeurism or condescension. It stays true to her.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The powerful things we expect from War Witch are as advertised, but what we don't expect is even better.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Sensitively imagined story... a genre benchmark and a breakout work for writer-director Kim Nguyen.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

A remarkably mature portrait that trusts its audience to have their own reactions to its material; it doesn't yank at the heartstrings so much as expertly tune them.

0

I would have cried all the way through this if I hadn't been so stunned by the amazing narrative, acting and imagery in this film. I would recommend it to anyone, but as a disclaimer, this is not a feel good movie; although it did make me feel an awful lot.

5.0
0

10 years were needed to write the scenario, find funding and finally film this uncategorizable wonder . The story is told in the first person. It is Komona's story (brilliantly played by Rachel Mwanza, a former street child). The images, dialogue and music, all reflect the character's confusion, the mood swings of a child whose mind is clouded by...

5.0
0