Captain Abu Raed

Captain Abu Raed

DVD - 2010 | Arabic
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An airport janitor makes a big difference in the lives of the children in his poor neighborhood when they mistake him for an airplane pilot. Using his imagination to weave stories of the wonderful places he has visited around the world, a friendship develops as he brings hope to their otherwise grim home life.
Publisher: [United States] : Terra Entertainment : Synergetic Distribution, c2010.
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: DVD ARA 791.4372/CAPTAIN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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garycornell
Apr 06, 2017

I agree with the other KCLS patrons. This is an excellent movie that brings it home without any movie stars. What is does have, is an excellent cast and script that are so appealing that is will definitely make an impression on you. You just might find that Arabic Films can be a wonderful experience!

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mckeett
Aug 09, 2016

Pleasant fell good movie. Nice camerawork.

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ThomasJWhiting
Mar 28, 2015

Wow! I can see (and agree) why it has won so many awards.

Fabulous photography of contemporary Jordan, especially the view from the terrace!

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Nursebob
Dec 27, 2014

Well-acted drama about a humble airport janitor who finds a discarded pilot’s cap in the garbage and decides to wear it home. The neighbourhood children believe him to be an actual pilot and beg him to tell them of his travels abroad. Rather than set them straight he’s soon regaling them with tall tales of his worldly adventures. Little does he know that his innocent fabrications will have a profound effect on a handful of people including a delinquent boy and a battered wife. Whether he’s shooting a sweeping panorama of downtown Amman, or a quietly lit livingroom, Matalqa has a keen sense of light and balance which makes this feature a pleasure to watch. Furthermore there are some wonderful little cultural touches.....it’s no coincidence that Abu Raed tells his stories amidst the ruins of an ancient temple. Unfortunately, despite the film’s middle-eastern trappings, the underlying template is pure Hollywood schmaltz a la Steven Spielberg......the music is a bit too dramatic, the story a bit too predictable, and the loose ends tied up a bit too neatly. Sure to be an audience favourite and perhaps even garner an Oscar nomination. But that’s not necessarily a compliment.

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afraalmussawir
Sep 08, 2013

This is a heartbreaking film with high production quality. It's worth it to watch the DVD extras, like the interview with the actor who portrays Abu Raed (who did a masterful job, BTW). The characters have depth, and the narrative arc is absorbing. Though the very last scene was a Hollywood-style cheap shot, the rest of the movie strikes me as particular to Jordanian/Arab culture -- I won't spoil the ending for anyone, but if you find yourself asking "why did he do that?" at the end of the movie, the answer lies in the family values and personal dignity code of Jordanian culture.

a5a22406 Jul 08, 2013

Wow! What a treat of a movie. This is a real gem. Good for Jordan to be making movies and promoting itself this way.

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jackie77
Jan 12, 2012

What a breathtakingly beautiful film, scene after scene! The Jordanian vistas, sunsets, sand....even something as simple as pouring tea...are captured very artfully. The lead actor performs with a gentle but determined strength that I found very moving. Definitely worth seeing.

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kevin63
May 10, 2011

I always worry when a writer is also the director of his or her own film. The film does give a portrait into modern day Jordan, but the elements aren't tied together so well for me. Themes of social justice prevail, but when the opportunity to do something different than bumbling policemen or even the group of children who meet the captain (notice how none of the girls gets to talk) it fails.

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HereHere
Nov 10, 2010

Interesting perspective with a message about the dignity of the person.

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geomillar
Sep 24, 2010

The first Jordanian movie that I've seen and it's a deep and moving one. Richness of spirit elevates the lowly Abu Raed and the wealthy Mona to weave their magic. The lives of their young disciples are changed for ever. It's a five star gem.

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