A perfect distillation of the art of movie making. Alain Delon is the coolest character I've ever seen.
It's hard for me to rate documentary movies. War documentaries even more so. And it's unbearable when it's a documentary about the near-destruction of your home. So my 5-star rating merely reflects my affection towards the cinematography -- it feels more like a lively art book. An exceptionally well-crafted photography book.
I look at what happened to Iraq, Afghanistan and the rest of the region, and I keep thinking how miraculous it is that Kuwait and its people got the good side of the coin flip. Not without irreparable casualties, but we're incredibly fucking lucky, aren't we.
Terrific double performance by Jake Gyllenhal, and a great decision to have the two different characters look visibly the same. A lesser director would have resorted to easily distinguishable differences, but it's very effective (and far more inventive) for the viewer to know which character they're looking at simply from the body language. Very engaging and absorbing, despite not understanding the symbolism and deeper subjects in the film. And definitely one of the strongest endings I've ever seen. Unforgettable.