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Girls Of The Sun

by Michael  Cox
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Aug 14, 2019
Girls Of The Sun

In 2014, ISIS kidnapped 7,000 Kurdish women and children. Most of the children were killed, or sent to be reeducated and trained as killers, and the women became sex slaves to the soldiers. "Girls of the Sun" is the story of how those women stood up and fought back, refusing to be victims.

Director Eva Husson has compiled the personal narratives of several of these women warriors, survivors of horrible brutalities who respond with guns and grenades, and crafted them into a war time revenge tragedy steeped in the pathological complexities of religion and retribution. She crafts the stories into a fiction that jumps around in time and illustrates a sick people in mired in the throes of a sick war.

The enemy is a group of men who ardently believe that they are paving their road to salvation with their sexually victimized female foes, but there's a catch, if a woman kills them they won't make it to heaven.

Golshifteh Farahani plays Bahar, a commander of an all-woman battalion — and she plays her with such heartache and soul that you can't take your eyes off of her — who plans to liberate her hometown from the extremists and save her kidnapped son. She is followed by Mathilde (Emmanuelle Bercot
), a journalist who is willing to risk her life, and her child's only remaining parent, in order to get this story.

For all its horrific cruelty and profoundly interesting subject matter, the script is all over the place and hard to follow, requiring a considerable investment intellectually and emotionally. The action builds slowly and doesn't really get interesting until halfway through the film.

This Blu-ray features a Q&A with the director recorded after a screening at a film festival.


"Girls of the Sun"
Blu-ray $29.97
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