Washington Post

The documentary 'Flee' is mesmerizing - and told almost entirely in animation

Amin in the animated documentary "Flee." Foto: Neon

Early in the extraordinary documentary "Flee," its subject - known by the pseudonym Amin Nawabi - is asked to define the word "home." Lying back on a tapestry-covered day bed, his eyes closed, he replies, "It means someplace safe."

Danish filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen creates a movie as safe space with "Flee," in which he draws Amin out to reveal the most intimate and haunting secrets of his life. The two became best friends as teenagers when Amin emigrated from Afghanistan to Denmark, a journey that quickly became mythologized among their peers as having been accomplished entirely on foot, amid tragic circumstances. As "Flee" opens, Amin has remained silent about his past for 25 years, until agreeing to let Rasmussen put him on the couch. The result is a mesmerizing story of loss, dislocation and, yes, tragedy, but also self-invention. At a time when news stories about refugees and migration threaten to become numbingly anonymous, "Flee" restores the fine detail and human contours that make each version unique, individual and vital...

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