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About the Movie
Captain Abu Raed is a universal story of friendship, inspiration and heroism set in contemporary Jordan. Abu Raed is a lonely janitor at Amman’s International Airport. Never having realized his dreams of seeing the world, he experiences it vicariously through books and brief encounters with travelers. Finding a discarded Captain’s hat in the trash at work one day, he is followed by a neighborhood boy who spots him wearing it as he walks home. The next morning he wakes up to find a group of neighborhood children at his door, believing him to be an airline pilot. And thus the friendship begins. Happy for the company and attention, he takes the children to colorful places around the world through his fictional stories and inspires them to believe in their own ambitions.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 34
- Fresh: 26
- Rotten: 8
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Mr. Matalqa seems more interested in a wistful atmosphere than in complexity. Mr. Sawalha, a veteran television and film actor, has no trouble creating that.
Fresh: Captain Abu Raed is a straightforward heart-tugging melodrama that, while safe and conventional, is likable in numerous ways.
Rotten: Amin Matalqa's teary drama, Captain Abu Raed, takes its obvious cues from the neorealism of Satyajit Ray and Jean Renoir, but Matalqa doesn't know how to balance melodrama with quiet moments the way the masters did.
Fresh: Belies the inexperience of its makers, for it's a substantial, deeply moving film that has the potential to captivate audiences everywhere.
A great human story
This great universal story of the Middle East is really refreshing and full of hope. A real feelgood movie.