Blu-ray Review: GIRLS OF THE SUN

GIRLS OF THE SUN (aka Les filles du soleil) was written and directed by Eva Husson and stars Golshifteh Farahani as Bahar and Emmanuelle Bercot as Mathilde. Zübeyde Bulut, Erol Afşin and Evin Ahmad also star.

The visceral and compelling GIRLS OF THE SUN is based on a true story that reveals the strange and unexpected turns modern warfare can take. Somewhere in Iraqi Kurdistan, Bahar, commander of the all-female “Girls of the Sun” battalion, is preparing to liberate her hometown from the hands of ISIS extremists, hoping to find her son who is being held hostage. A French journalist, Mathilde, comes to cover the attack and bear witness to the story of these exceptional warriors. As their lives are turned upside down, the Girls of the Sun find themselves fighting for women, life and liberty. 

Bahar is the leader of the Girls of the Sun, a battalion of women in Kurdistan who are fighting women against extremists who have conquered their small Kurdish town. She hopes that in the process she will find her son, who is being held hostage. Mathilde, a French journalist, comes along to cover the attack and report the story of these exceptional warriors. With their lives turned upside down, they both are fighting for the same causes: women, life and liberty.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you can see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reversible sleeve features an image from the movie. There’s also a booklet inside that features more images and credits. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching l artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Girls of the Sun ended up being a character driven slow burn that features these two women from different walks of life who meet on the battefield. One is the leader of this small group of brave women who are fighting for their freedom as well as their lives while the other one is there to cover it. The movie centers around this Middle Eastern heroic woman and I thought it was filmed well. It’s a brave slice of feminism cinema that’s more of a drama than a full blown war movie. It’s so sad to see how certain people (especially women) around the world have to live in such cruel and harsh conditions because that’s how these women have to live. Or in better terms, how they survive. I don’t know how accurate the story actually is but his movie sends a strong message of women impowerment in the Middle East. Eva Husson has delivered an emotional and powerful journey that these women go on and even though it’s not going to be for everyone, I would recommend it to anybody who’s curious about what some of these people go through in life because it’s not a pretty sight. Girls of the Sun is now available on Blu-ray.

Distributor: Cohen Media Group

Run Time: 111 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English, French, Kurdish, Arabic DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / English, French, Kurdish, Arabic Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The Blu-ray extras include a Q&A with director Eva Husson.

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