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In This World
     

In This World

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Cast: Jamal Udin Torabi, Enayatullah, Imran Paracha

 

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As part of the Sundance Film Series, Michael Winterbottom's 2003 human drama In This World comes to DVD from Showtime Original Pictures. Presented with a widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital Sound. Director Winterbottom provides an introduction to the film. He also teams up with screenwriter Tony Grisoni on the commentary track for the behind-the-scenes

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As part of the Sundance Film Series, Michael Winterbottom's 2003 human drama In This World comes to DVD from Showtime Original Pictures. Presented with a widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital Sound. Director Winterbottom provides an introduction to the film. He also teams up with screenwriter Tony Grisoni on the commentary track for the behind-the-scenes footage. Other special features include U.S. and U.K. theatrical trailers, production notes and biographies, and highlights from the 2003 Sundance Film Series.

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Michael Winterbottom's In This World represents a stark departure from his previous film, the jaunty 24 Hour Party People, but such eclecticism has come to be expected from the protean British director. Inspired by the refugee plight in Europe and the virulent strain of xenophobia that has accompanied it, Winterbottom set out to make a movie detailing the dangerous journey migrants from the Third World make to find a better life in the more prosperous West. The movie narrows its focus to two refugees, but their story is clearly meant to be emblematic of the larger narrative of desperate migration. Shot on the back roads and border crossings of Central Asia, it was literally made on the run: Winterbottom and his skeleton crew followed their leads as they recreated the scary odyssey from Pakistan to London. Befitting its ragtag genesis, the movie feels pieced together and oddly truncated. (It runs at a brisk 88 minutes, belying the laborious trek it chronicles.) For all its insistent naturalism, the film bears evidence of Winterbottom's showmanship, which isn't necessarily a good thing. A nighttime fast-motion sequence that recalls Winterbottom's own Wonderland is lovely but out of place; a reverse tracking shot of a despondent Jamal registers as unnecessarily heavy-handed. Thankfully, Winterbottom exercises restraint for most of the movie, allowing the scenario's inherent drama to play out unembellished. Fueled by an invigorating sense of urgency, this imperfect film finally comes across as a touching gesture of humanism. It may falter occasionally, but In This World leaves an undeniably moving and memorable imprint.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/2004
UPC:
0829567021521
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Virgil Films
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Behind-the-scenes footage with commentary from Michael Winterbottom and Tony Grisoni; Director's introduction from the Sundance Film Series ; U.S. and UK theatrical trailers; Production notes and biographies; Widescreen format; Highlights from the 2003 Sundance Film Series

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jamal Udin Torabi Jamal
Enayatullah Enayat
Imran Paracha travel agent
Hiddayatullah Enayat's brother
Allah Bauhsh Farid
Kerem Atabeyoglu policeman
Hossain Baghaeian Behrooz
Nabil Elouahabi Yusif
Yaaghoob Nosraj Poor Kurdish father
Ghodrat Poor Kurdish mother
Erham Sekizcan factory boss
Paul Popplewell Narrator
Xavier Jamaux Enayat's father
Wakeel Khan Enayat's uncle
Lal Zarin Enayat's uncle
Ahsan Raza money changer
Mirwais Torabi Jamal's older brother
Abdul Almad groom
Amanullah Torabi Jamal's younger brother
Ramzan Ali driver
Chaman Ali driver
Rasheed Soldier Shaheen
Mehdi Poor Kurdish baby
Ahmad Azami Kurdish father
Yusef Azami Kurdish son
Eghdame bus driver
Delghame bus driver
Yusuf bus driver
Bayram Arjangi truck driver
Jaffa Eghbali 4WD driver
Abdul Ahmad Groom
Dehghame Bus Driver
Parvin Cox Singer
Dario Marianelli Conductor

Technical Credits
Michael Winterbottom Director
Chris Auty Executive Producer
Wendy Brazington Casting
Peter Christelis Editor
Andrew Eaton Producer
Tony Grisoni Screenwriter
Behrooz Hashemian Co-producer
Josh Hyams Production Manager
Dario Marianelli Score Composer
Fiona Neilson Associate Producer
Anita Overland Producer
Laura Phillips Production Manager
Shahriar Shahbazzadeh Production Manager
Joakim Sundström Sound Editor
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
Stuart Wilson Sound Mixer
Marcel Zyskind Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Refugees [5:14]
2. Talk of London [4:53]
3. The Journey Begins [6:25]
4. Leaving Quetta [5:39]
5. From Rupees to Rials [4:30]
6. Looking Iranian [4:08]
7. No Identification [6:18]
8. New Passage to Tehran [6:28]
9. A Long Way to Go [3:43]
10. Help and Comfort [2:50]
11. To the Mountains [4:02]
12. Shelter in Turkey [4:45]
13. Friends [4:19]
14. Tragedy at Sea [7:28]
15. One Ticket to Paris [5:48]
16. Journey's End [6:10]
17. Jamal's Coda [3:55]
18. End Credits [3:23]

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