‘The Journey’ (‘Al Rahal’): Film Review | TIFF 2017

A young woman suicide bomber stalks the Baghdad train station with a hostage in Mohamed Al-Daradji’s thriller.

The distinguishing feature of The Journey (Al Rahal), like all the films of Iraqi-Dutch writer-director Mohamed Al-Daradji, is its sober moral perspective on the war that devastated Iraq and reduced its people to orphans, madmen and dispossessed refugees. The story of a girl suicide bomber who roams Baghdad Central Station with glassy eyes is part will-she-or-won’t-she thriller and part parade of symbolic characters who represent the country’s wounded population. It’s the kind of local allegory that will find its most appreciative audiences in the Mideast and at festival venues like Toronto and London.

(Hollywood Reporter)

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