Film 234 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 2003’s “Osama”. This Siddiq Barmak Afghanistan drama is about a pre-teen girl living in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime who disguises herself as a boy, Osama, to support her family. Despite the title of the film highlighting an allegorical relevance to Osama bin Laden, there is no further similarity. So…. I don’t really know what to say about this. Is this a drama or a documentary about how much life sucks. Also, with no subtitles, I had no idea what was happening. Why is this boy think lighting smoke in people’s faces will make them give him money? Why do The Taliban only want foreign women? Why are the pumpkins on that runaway cart green? I can’t really think of much else to say. This was a film that left me very confused while watching it. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 2003’s “Osama”
Year – 2003
Director – Siddiq Barmak
Written by – Siddiq Barmak
Staring – Marina Golbahari, Zubaida Sahar, Mohammad Arif
IMDb Rating – 7.4/10
My Rating – ZZZzzz
Length – 83 min (1h 23min)
Genre – Drama
Oh great…. NO SUBTITLES!!!!
Well… That nose doesn’t give me a headache at all
Wait… They have American Dollars in Afghanistan
Fuck off beggar which your bucket of smoke
RUNAWAY PUMPKIN CART
What is going on?
Why does everyone look like Smurfs?
It’s a protest of women against The Taliban
Since when did a group of screaming women being shot at sound like crowd at a One Direction concert?
No one can outrun my hose!
We’ve been defeated by water!
Some of the women have been locked up by Taliban in a cage of chickens
Is this film trying to be a documentary?
We’re outside a hospital which has been shut down
When in doubt, blame the government for everything
There’s an old man dying
Wait… No more oxygen
The Taliban arrive and demand foreign women