Thursday, July 3, 2008

The Kite Runner

We watched this movie last night. I had heard the title, and knew that it was a book and a movie, but didn't know the details. It is the story of a Afghani boy who flees with his father to Pakistan during the Soviet invasion, and eventually to the US. Most of the story is of his childhood in Kabul. He is best friends with the son of a servant in his home, but he is bullied about this relationship. He turns on his friend prior to fleeing the country because of the attitudes of others. He returns as an adult.

I don't want to give away any important details to anyone who is planning on seeing the film, but I have to say that it was very disturbing. I actually wish I hadn't seen it. Matt seemed to appreciate it, but I have a very difficult time getting images (or just insinuated ideas) out of my head. I suppose it could have been extremely graphic with the war and terrible atrocities that took place by those in power, and I'm grateful that it wasn't. The insinuated ideas are with me though.

The film definitely made me think, but it was the kind of show that I couldn't just go straight to bed afterwards. I had to read something happy and upbeat to get my mind to clear enough for sleep.


Andrea said...

Has anyone else seen this (or read the book)?

Lara said...

I haven't seen it....but I did read the book. I really enjoyed the book, but you're right, it was incredibly disturbing. I liked it because it made me think a lot about the human condition and to forgive ourselves for things we have done in the past. It was one I thought about for weeks after I finished it. I'm not sure I want to see the movie.