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Love Child (2019)




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LOVE CHILD offers a poignant portrait of Leila and Sahand, an Iranian couple who, outlawed for their love, flee the country with their four-year-old son, Mani. In Tehran, they committed the crime of having a secret affair while being married to other people and were forbidden to get divorced. Neither could they acknowledge that Mani was an illegitimate child since adultery can be punished with execution in Iran. Intimately filmed over five years, we follow their quest to be together, battling with both Iranian and European law, their lives in limbo.


Critic Reviews for Love Child

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Documentaries can be as narratively driven as any fiction feature, as "Love Child" proves in entirely engrossing fashion.

November 27, 2019 | Full Review…
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One of the most absorbing dramas of the year.

November 11, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Love Child is an inherently touching story that adds a poignant dimension to the refugee story with the theme of survivor's guilt. Every story is unique and every one of them is vital.

March 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Thanks to Eva Mulvad and her dedicated fellow filmmakers, Love Child is a testament, in all its observational glory, to the triumph of the best of our common humanity.

September 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Eva Mulvad is given unfettered access to Sahand and Leila for Love Child, and that closeness helps viewers understand the myriad ways the family is being pushed and pulled.

September 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Never has the banality of the plight of refugees been laid out so plainly as in this heartbreaking, Kafka-esque documentary.

September 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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