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The Mauritanian adapts the bestselling Guantánamo Diary and the deliciously mean-spirited Black Bear

By Wendy Ide   May 2021

Tahar Rahim in The Mauritanian

The Mauritanian, Streaming on all platforms, 1st April

Adapted from the bestselling memoir Guantánamo Diary by former detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi, this hard-hitting picture from Kevin Macdonald (State of Play) combines the sinuous plotting of a political thriller with a gruellingly vivid depiction of imprisonment and “enhanced” interrogation. Jodie Foster deploys flick-knife wits as Slahi’s lawyer, but it’s a mesmerising Tahar Rahim, in the central role of a man trying to cling to his humanity in the most inhuman of conditions, who is the beating heart of the picture.

Black Bear, Streaming on all platforms, 23rd April

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