The Breadwinner tackles a large number of topics ranging from the harrowing politics of a terrorist occupied region on the brink of war to the friendship between two children trying to make it through each day as they undergo all sorts of hardships, despite this The Breadwinner never feels like it’s biting off more than it can chew. The story is held together by a wondrous fairy tale narrated by Parvana throughout the plot that contrasts, but also reflects the dire world she and her family live in, these segments have the film shift to a intricate papercraft artstyle that could have only have been done in the medium of animation.
The end of the story resolves the personal drama of Parvana and her family however in the grand scheme of things their situation never changes, the lands they live in are still under the tyrannical rule of the Taliban and the women are still forced to live in the shadows. This isn’t a grand bombastic story and there are no winners by the end of it, and yet there’s still a faint glimmer of hope by the end of it that hints at some comfort to the characters as well as the viewers.
The Breadwinner is an incredibly engaging watch on it's story alone, but the visuals push this film from a great film to a must watch. I look forward to seeing what the team at Cartoon Saloon create next.