The Kite Runner (2007) Book and Movie review



 "For you, a thousand times over."

The KITE RUNNER, a best seller and an awarding winning movie, critically acclaimed at that, is a story of the beautiful, but scarred Afghanistan, a father, his two sons and the people around them.   It is also a story of people leaving Afghanistan, but keeping her and her memories in their hearts.

The things happening all over the world makes one think that the whole of Afghanistan is a desolate and ugly country, but it is not so.  It is very beautiful and there are many talented people living in that country.  The movie LONE SURVIVOR also taught me a lot of things about the kindness of their people.  I hope one day she would regain her peace so that people, her children, won't be forced to leave her.  

Everyone has a story and more often than not, each person we meet either have skeletons in their closets or have overcome a great hurdle in their lives.  Some have woken up from long nightmares, ready to fulfill their dreams.  Some have been blessed to be saved from aggressors and the like.  Yes, we trip and fall, but we could rise up again.

The KITE RUNNER is a book worth your time and energy.  It is also a movie worth watching. Definitely, it is NOT hyped. Not at all.  EVERYTHING has integration and every scene is important, most especially the one when Hassan was dripping in blood. It is a bittersweet story about true friends who eventually get estranged because of a certain situation that should not have happened if the Agha Sahib was only braver.  

Oftentimes, when we are at fault, we get mad at ourselves, but instead of berating ourselves, we take it out on the real victim.

Later in life, Amir, the protagonist of the story, meets a beautiful, but scarred woman, falls in love with her, gets married to her, but they could not have children of their own(there's a reason for this and you would find out about this LATER if you read the book or watch the movie).


Want to know the rest of the story? Buy the book or watch the movie.  Better yet, do both.

:-)



Khalid Abdalla as Amir Qadiri
Zekeria Ebrahimi as Young Amir
Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada as Young Hassan
Homayoun Ershadi as the Agha Sahib (Baba)
Atossa Leoni as Soraya
Shaun Toub as Rahim Khan
Abdul Salaam Yusoufzai as Assef
Elham Ehsas as Young Assef
Ali Danish Bakhtyari as Sohrab
Saïd Taghmaoui as Farid
Maimoona Ghezal as Jamila Taheri
Qadir Farookh as General Taheri
Khaled Hosseini (cameo) as Doctor in the park
Camilo Cuervo as a Taliban Soldier
The three boys were age 11 and 12 at the time of the filming

Directed by: Marc Forster
Written by: David Benioff
Based on the book by Khaled Hosseini with the same title


LINKS:
Roger Ebert's The year's ten best films and other shenanigans
Kite Runner Full Glossary of Terms from Cliffs Notes
The Kite Runner at a Glance also from Cliffs Notes

Amir, Sohrab and Soraya




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