This is an amazing, epic, and even edifying film. It explores
issues of identity, culture, religion and abandonment. These issues
are cleverly intertwined with a romantic subplot and beautiful
cinematography, making the result enjoyable and palatable. It
starts in Ethiopia and then there are references back using imagery
at significant moments which one can identify with if one knows
anything about Africa.
Three different actors play the part of Schlomo to show different
stages of his life – as a nine year old, a young teenager
and then a young adult. Schlomo shows resilience and determination
in his circumstances and sometimes needs to express his opinions
– he gets the opportunity to speak but also takes action
when words won’t suffice.
Schlomo’s real mother sends him off to a new life with another
‘mother’, then he also has to cope with having adoptive
parents. He is convinced that he will eventually meet his real
The end maybe slightly unrealistic but is nevertheless uplifting.
Review by Anne and Esther Wanjie