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
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Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

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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.

So glad I got to see this

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

Never seen anything quite like it ... stunning, intelligent and powerful.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

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.

Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

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.

So glad I got to see this

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

Never seen anything quite like it ... stunning, intelligent and powerful.

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