open­ing this week

Pasatiempo - - Moving Images -

This en­dear­ing first fea­ture from Jor­da­nian-Amer­i­can writer-di­rec­tor Amin Matalqa is an­chored by a low-key but com­mand­ing per­for­mance from Nadim Sawalha as an el­derly jan­i­tor at the Amman air­port who one day finds an air­line cap­tain’s cap in the trash. When he wears it home, neigh­bor­hood urchins take him for an in­ter­na­tional pi­lot and beg him for sto­ries of the world. Af­ter ini­tially dis­cour­ag­ing them, he em­braces the ruse and be­comes emo­tion­ally in­volved in the lives of the kids. The movie is some­times a bit un­likely and melo­dra­matic but ab­sorb­ing and up­lift­ing, with won­der­ful views of Amman and a nice mes­sage about the mind’s po­ten­tial to rise above the shack­les of cir­cum­stance. Not rated. 102 min­utes. In Ara­bic with sub­ti­tles. The Screen, Santa Fe. ( Jonathan Richards)

CAP­TAIN ABU RAED

Amman for all sea­sons: Nadim Sawalha in

Cap­tain Abu Raed, at The Screen in Santa Fe

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