Reviews - The Gravedigger's Wife
The Gravedigger's Wife
Reviewed By Stephen Pye
Director Ahmed, who also wrote the screenplay, explained why he chose such an obscure and lowly profession for his main character when introducing the film at the Toronto Film Festival. "The film was really important to me in so many ways," he said, "Because, as a filmmaker, I'm always interested in addressing social issues; talking about things that are not addressed, or are taboo to talk about, or are unpopular. For me, it was all about handing the microphone to these people; to let them talk, and have their voices heard".
The central character is Guled (Omar Abdi), a man with a wife and son. Despite the family's extreme poverty, Guled has been content with his life, until his beloved wife, Nasra, became ill. Treatment for her kidney disease would cost more than the family would see in a year. Nasra is resigned, but Guled still hopes to find a way to save her, and his efforts make up the central thread of the story.
The film is beautiful to watch , scenically captivating, and, in spite of the harrowing story, has enough moments of joy and generosity to move and enthral. It was very highly rated by a good audience on Sunday evening at the Alhambra.
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