FILM REVIEW: “God Grew Tired of Us”

From Willamette Week, 3/28/07:

Your classic fish-out-of-water tale. With a few twists. The film follows the “Lost Boys,” a group of young Sudanese men who traveled over 1,000 miles by foot through Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya as war refugees. Then somehow they wound up in Pittsburgh. With elegant photography and periodic narration by Nicole Kidman, director Christopher Quinn captures their trials and tribulations integrating into American life—complete with scenes of the Sudanese refugees learning how to ice skate, shopping for hoagie buns and rainbow-sprinkled doughnuts at the local supermarket and teaching little white kids how to spell S-U-D-A-N at the local swimming pool. It’s too bad God Grew Tired of Us doesn’t offer more history and back-story on the conflict in Sudan itself—but this has to be one of the few films that’s found an inspirational story to tell amid the Über-depressing backdrop of Sudanese genocide.

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