Theeb – 8

“A minor classic,” said one review, and this small film was perfect in its way. It captured a time and place – the Arabia of Lawrence – and above all, a culture. The plot unfolded slowly, through the eyes of a young boy (“Theeb”) who never left camera range. He had to figure out how to survive on his own while simultaneously learning whom to trust, and how far. The underlying fact that pretty much everyone he came in contact with was out to kill someone else both complicated matters and made the story seem relevant today. This movie had SBIFF written all over it, but it was excellent, but underappreciated, in a commercial setting, as well.

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