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      71% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 74% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Three people live their stories in Africa. Read More Read Less Watch on Netflix Stream Now

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      Yasser Medina Cinefilia Its stories cross in a fairly sanitized way the borders already known about immigration and parental reconciliation, without any moment that offers any dramatic impulse. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 5/10 Aug 14, 2022 Full Review Joanne Laurier World Socialist Web Site Adu is a hard-hitting Spanish film about the global refugee crisis. Directed by Salvador Calvo ... the movie is crafted with immense feeling and compassion. Feb 10, 2021 Full Review Andrea Beach Common Sense Media Heart-wrenching, violent refugee story has language, drugs. Rated: 4/5 Jul 10, 2020 Full Review John Serba Decider Adu is a gorgeously photographed, thoughtfully conceived and engrossing mini-epic. Jul 1, 2020 Full Review Roger Moore Movie Nation A grim slog for such a mixed-bag of a movie, but the one story that matters almost makes up for the dullness of those stories that matter less. Rated: 2/4 Jun 30, 2020 Full Review Juan Pando Fotogramas A survival adventure full of intrigue, emotion, and truth. [Full Review in Spanish] Rated: 4/5 Feb 3, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      j F Engrossing, but often painful to watch. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/26/23 Full Review Palesa T Very touching movie. Depicts the realities of the hardships of africans. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/13/23 Full Review pk b A provocative trilogy of interwoven stories that will stay with you long after the movie ends. The actors are all amazing. The stories are disjointed at times, but maybe that is part of living in a dangerous world. You may not watch it again, but you will recommend it. While very tough at many points, the characters maintain their humanity and persist even after they can't. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Benjamin H Besides some plot points being slow, Adu is actually a great film with three connective stories that has interesting characters, solidly good performances and is also suprisingly emotional, shocking, tense and mostly realistic, it is also a well-looking experience all amounting to a Spanish film that you ought to check out. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/16/22 Full Review Audience Member This is the first movie I've ever seen that made me cry from the very beginning to the very end. I had to keep rewinding it because my vision was so blurry, I couldn't stop crying. I felt terrible about the poor little boy, he represents millions of other kids, his father was away, he's mother got beaten up to death in front of him. All he had was his sister Alika and his friend and savior Massar, then he lost them too. I know It's just a movie but reality is, there are so many children like him all around the world, abused by the only thing they have, life So young, struggling to survive on their own.. There was a scene where with a sad face and a painful look in his eyes ADÚ said "I'm hungry" I imagine so many children like him and for a moment I hated myself. Here I am been upset about losing my watch, about not having a car, wasting so much food, I felt so guilty about having all I have but better yet, Been so selfish, so ungrateful, ordering Uber eats because I dont want to eat what I have at home. I wish I had the power to save every little child like Adú. My wish is that every child in this world would be loved, taken good care of, no child should ever be alone nor go to bed hungry, no child should ever have to defend himself from an adult predator. Why is life so good for some and so miserable for others? There is so much injustice in this world. We should've all been born equal regardless of race or color. I tell you, the scared expression on Adü's face representing so many other abandoned, abused children will forever stay imprinted in my heart. In another scene Adú was singing,laughing and dancing, regardless of his poor situation, while some healthy, financially stable people feel depressed for so many senseless reasons. For goodness sake! In reality there are so many children living on the streets sniffing glue to beat hunger, To keep from feeling cold and hungry, so that they can sleep easily. Jesus Christ! to escape the reality of their miserable life, to then wake up the next day and do it all over again. God please, send an angel for every kid that needs protection. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Released June 2020 and recently the winner of 4 Goyas including Best Director for Salvador Calvo for his sophomore effort, this brings to mind films like Magnolia or Babel in which multiple story lines interlink eventually to form a thematic whole. In this case, this sombre piece of drama finds a humanist angle in the exploration of the dilemma facing Europe over illegal immigrants from Africa. Three stories intertwine tangentially, beginning with Alvaro Cervantes' border guard Mateo who's having a conflict of conscience in the Spanish autonomous city of Melilla on the Northwestern coast of Africa. Next, Luis Tosar's NGO executive Gonzalo is tracking elephants and poachers in Cameroon. In between these two Spaniards we find newcomer Moustapha Oumarou's Adú, a local boy forced into a perilous and almost impossible journey from Cameroon to Spain after witnessing poachers in action. With the exception of Gonzalo's superfluous subplot involving his attempt to reconcile with his estranged daughter which feels out of place and probably only avoided the cutting room floor to provide more screen time for familiar Spanish faces, the film has its heart and mind set firmly in the right place, though its even-handed and objective approach to the subject matter is hampered by a generically melodramatic music score which lacks subtlety and falls into over-sentimentality. Amongst a fine ensemble, the stand out, unsurprisingly, is Oumarou, (joining the ranks of similar first-time child actors in 2019's Capernaum or the more recent The Life Ahead), who doesn't so much act as react to the surroundings he's placed in. A solid film with decent cinematography (though the prevalent use of drone-taken aerial shots in almost every film these days has lessened the wow-factor), it succeeds in educating without moralising or judgements and telling a good story or two along the way. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Three people live their stories in Africa.
      Salvador Calvo
      Álvaro Augustin, Ghislain Barrois, Edmon Roch, Javier Ugarte
      Alejandro Hernández
      Original Language
      Spanish (Spain)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 1, 2020
      1h 59m
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