Fri, Jun 04, 2004 - Page 20 News List

Love's strange magic works in Afghan epic

By A. O. SCOTT  /  NY TIMES NEWS SERVICE

When their faces fill the screen, Latif and Baran -- and also his co-workers and her hard-hit relatives -- are universes unto themselves. Seen from afar, they are small and vulnerable, tiny bees in a vast, impersonal hive. At the beginning of Baran you are asked to contemplate numbers; leaving the theater, you are likely to be haunted by faces.

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