In This World

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Released 2002

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In This World

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Director:
Michael Winterbottom
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
In this dramatic re-creation, Jamal (Jamal Udin Torabi) and Enayat (Enayatullah) escape from the wretched Shamshatoo Refugee Camp in northwest Pakistan and embark on a perilous journey to England, where Jamal's uncle lives. Though they are initially caught by Iranian authorities and sent back, they ultimately make it through Iran to Istanbul, Turkey, smuggled there by paid human traffickers. To get to Italy, they must risk being shipped, and spend over a day in an unventilated container.

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Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    If there is heartbreak in this movie, there is also a sense of energy that makes it almost exhilarating.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    What we are seeing may be a representation of the truth, but it is not real, and this collision of artifice and reality is jarring and disconcerting. This is a hurdle but not an in...

  • 60

    Variety Derek Elley

    Makes engrossing viewing for much of the way...but stumbles dramatically in its final leg.

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