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Mark­ing an Os­car-nom hat-trick for Car­toon Sa­loon, this tale of life un­der the Tal­iban in Afghanistan circa 2001 is tighter and grit­tier than ear­lier out­ings, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing charm or whimsy. The lat­ter’s rep­re­sented by storybook seg­ments that punc­tu­ate and il­lu­mi­nate the jour­ney of Par­vana, an 11-year-old out to find her falsely im­pris­oned fa­ther. If it’s not al­ways clear whom this too-tough-for-tots adap of a kids’ book is aimed at, it strikes a keen bal­ance be­tween hor­ror and hope. Ex­tras in­clude in­tro from exec-prod An­gelina Jolie. Matthew Ley­land

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