You Will Die at Twenty

critic Reviews

, 86% Fresh Tomatometer Score
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    Jay WeissbergVariety
    Some may find a clash between its fable-like guilelessness and other moments when the outside world's cynicism breaks in, yet the film remains a touching, nonjudgmental depiction of people circumscribed by superstition.
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    Boyd van HoeijHollywood Reporter
    [The main] character is so passive it is hard to feel much for him as he sits around and wastes most of what little time he has.
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    Brenda MedelCine Premiere
    You Will Die at 20 is not only a reflection on the mandate of superstitions, but a call to rethink not the fear of dying, but the one that does not let us live. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Amber WilkinsonEye for Film
    Cinematographer Sébastien Goepfert's skill extends from pinpoint lighting in darkened spaces to expert framing...but it's as though the director is so in love with the striking visual aesthetic...that he forgets the need to narratively connect the dots.
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    Pat PaduaWashington City Paper
    You Will Die at Twenty isn't a story about being afraid to die, it's a story about being afraid to live.
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    Mina TaklaAwardsWatch
    A complex, stunning and sophisticated debut feature from Amjad Abu Alala and a major achievement for Sudanese cinema. A confident debut that already feels like an accomplishment.
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    Sarah WardScreen International
    [Alala] sharpens this fable-like coming-of-death tale into a moving commentary on unwavering compliance; a clear portrait of Sudan during its 30 years of authoritarian leadership.
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