The Kite Runner lives in the galvanic performances of two young Afghan actors, Zekeria Ebrahimi and Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada. They bring home the torment of Afghan life before and after the Taliban and, just as important, the resilience of children everywhere.
With their help, director Marc Forster and screenwriter David Benioff's adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's beloved best-seller does a sensitive, potent job of depicting the ups and awful downs of an asymmetrical friendship.
The Kite Runner (Paramount Classics) Starring Zekeria Ebrahimi, Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada, Khalid Abdalla. Directed by Marc Forster. Rated PG-13. Time 127 minutes.