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The Cave (2019)

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Critic Consensus: A hard-hitting documentary with imagery as powerful as its message, The Cave poses heartbreakingly urgent questions -- and leaves them for the viewer to answer.

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Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad ("Last Men in Aleppo") delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war with his powerful new documentary, The Cave. For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above. Following the women as they contend with daily bombardments, chronic supply shortages and the ever-present threat of chemical attacks, The Cave paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience and female solidarity.

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It's still profoundly effective film-making, but feels less true.

December 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Like Ballour, it has a purpose: to focus the world's attention on the suffering of Syrian people.

December 6, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Manipulations in post-production slightly undermine material that is already dramatic enough.

December 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A blistering documentary about death defiance in a war zone.

December 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A profile in courage under fire, The Cave sometimes relieves its enervating tension with occasional MASH-like interludes of levity: a surprise birthday party, some bickering over rice recipes, thoughtful drags on cigarettes.

November 27, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's no surprise the film won the People's Choice Documentary Award at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

November 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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