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When I Saw You(لما شفتك)

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Palestine, Jordan, Greece · 2014
1h 33m
Director Annemarie Jacir
Starring Mahmoud Asfa, Ruba Blal, Saleh Bakri, Anas Algaralleh
Genre Drama

A young Palestinian refugee tires of his life in a refugee camp and decides to leave in search of his separated father. His curiosity, courage, and longing for a better life lead him to a group of like-minded people who embark on a journey that will change their lives forever.

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CineVue by

When I Saw You too closely resembles a Children Film Foundation treatise on a subject that deserves (and needs and demands) better treatment? something that will focus people's gaze on the horror and displacement of exile and all that entails.


The New York Times by Jeannette Catsoulis

When I Saw You is a soft-centered child’s-eye view of alienation, toughened by fine acting (Saleh Bakri shines as a fighter drawn to Ghaydaa) and Hélène Louvart’s full-bodied photography.


Total Film by Simon Kinnear

Political without point-scoring, Jacir remains true to a child’s-eye view, with Asfa’s delightful, exuberant performance always upfront.


Time Out London by Tom Huddleston

There’s a lack of subtlety or surprise which serves the story poorly... That said, it’s a thoughtful, timely, often quietly captivating drama.