At first, The Two Legged Horse feels like a set-up for a reasonably conventional film about two young boys coming of age in Afghanistan. It has the look and feel of one of Abbas Kiarostami’s Koker films, where colorful characters are played by the inhabitants of a remote village somewhere out in the desert. Like Kiarostami, Samira Makhmalbaf, the director of The Two Legged Horse, has an amazing ability to solicit sincere and compelling performances from untrained actors and so immediately reaps the benefits of gravitas, and verisimilitude. …


I have an MFA in painting and I’m an art professor but I managed to convince the school to let me teach film.

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