Adama – Review

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Image courtesy of MSPIFF

Image courtesy of MSPIFF

Adama follows the adventure of a 12-year-old boy who follows his brother out of his African village to try to convince him to come back from the WWI Western Front.

Do I think it is appropriate for family viewing?


This film was beautifully illustrated and hauntingly sad. It is recommended for ages 10+ and that is a very accurate rating. My 10-year-old enjoyed it and gave it a score of 4 out of 5, but she didn’t understand much of it. There is a mix of realism and mysticism that leaves you unsure what is real throughout the film right up to the ending.

There is a steady backdrop of violence and despair pretty much from the moment Adama leaves his village valley to the moment he returns. The western world is contrasted as dirty, gritty and violent against the beautiful, peaceful village.

This would be a good film to take an older child who has been watching foreign and independent films for a few years and has an eye for art.


Language: French (with English subtitles)
Runtime: 82 minutes

Adama can be seen one more time during this festival. Click the link to purchase tickets.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 3:45 PM

  • St. Anthony Main Theater ($7.00-$13.00/pp)

You can view the trailer for the film below.


Free Tickets DisclosureFamily Fun Twin Cities was granted press passes to the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival to facilitate our reviews of the Childish Films series. We strive to provide honest and useful opinions regarding the appropriateness of each film for family viewing.

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Joy Peters

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Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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