You Will Die at Twenty

critic Reviews

, 95% Fresh Tomatometer Score
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    Amjad Abu Alala's stunningly photographed drama challenges strict dogmatic practices and posits how a life without a moral code can cause much damage.
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    Abu Alala's ardent attention to daily details, rooted in political and cultural history, offers a powerful symbolic vision of the tormented and violent legacy of dogmatism and dictatorship.
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    Carlos AguilarLos Angeles Times
    A vibrant and transfixing revelation, "You Will Die at 20" is as novel a vision as we may see this year. From its meaningful ideas on the here and the hereafter, its lesson for Muzamil is that after perishing a rebirth may follow.
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    Devika GirishNew York Times
    Alala deepens this simple, fable-like premise into a lyrical confrontation with the certitudes of faith and the life-giving powers of doubt.
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    Jay WeissbergVariety
    Some may find a clash between its fable-like guilelessness and other moments when the outside world's cynicism breaks in, yet the film remains a touching, nonjudgmental depiction of people circumscribed by superstition.
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    Boyd van HoeijHollywood Reporter
    [The main] character is so passive it is hard to feel much for him as he sits around and wastes most of what little time he has.
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    Frank J. AvellaAwards Daily
    You Will Die at Twenty is Sudan's very first Oscar submission, and it's a completely captivating one.
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    Dennis Harvey48 Hills
    [The film] has a beauty and confidence that suggests a major career ahead for Amjad Abu Alala, whose debut directorial feature it is.
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    Chris KnightNational Post
    A beautiful, sombre parable.
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    Sean BurnsThe ARTery
    A wryly funny folk tale of innocence and experience, it's a film about navigating the space between worldliness and godliness.
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