Sundance 2021: Flee – Review


One of the breakout films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Flee. Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary and acquired by Neon for distribution.

It tells the extraordinary true story of a man, Amin, on the verge of marriage to his boyfriend. In order to protect his future, he must confront the past that he has been running from all this time.

The subject matter of the film is delivered through a series of audio recordings of interviews by the director with his friend. Here named “Amin” in order to protect his true identity. On paper, it does not necessarily scream cinematic. After all it is just two people sitting in a room talking.

However as Amin recounts his incredible story, the audience are transported into the heart of the action. The decision to adapt his words into animation is a bold and inspiring one. Allowing us to accompany Amin step by step on his harrowing journey to Denmark from Afghanistan.

The style brings to mind the 2008 film Waltz With Bashir and it is just as powerful and affecting piece of storytelling.

It is impossible not to be swept up by this incredible story. One that the lead character tried to leave behind but audiences will find Flee hard to forget.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Runtime: 83 minutes
Country: Denmark

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