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Movie Review: “The Good Lie” a Touching and Inspiring Film about Life.

There is a certain charm whenever you watch something that is based on true events. "The Good Lie" is a film that is inspired by incredible events from a not so distant past. It deals with the hardships of war-refugees and the piece of their soul being ripped-apart by leaving their home and family. The film gives you a time to contemplate on how lucky you are spending your life for the past two decades. The film dramatically introduced the unparalleled hardships orphans of civil wars in Africa have to go through to survive. It has given us a perspective on how the simple things like drinking water and clean clothes are scarce in some parts of the world and we should be thankful that we have all these under one roof. The interplay of humor and heart clenching scenes in perfect timing makes  "The Good Lie" one of the most memorable films we saw this year.

"The Good Lie" is an eye opener for everyone that would have a chance to watch it. Something that is perfect to see with your family. It could be used as a medium to explain how life is not always fair even to good people. It also deals with the strong bond of love that a family holds. Family is not just a simple connection by blood, it transcends time and distance.

"The Good Lie" centers primarily around three Lost Boys, Mamere, Paul and Jeremiah. These are fictional characters based on true events from the thousands of orphaned Sudanese children. We meet them-together with Mamere's eldest brother, Theo, and younger sister, Abital-as children, braving the grueling walk from southern Sudan to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Then, 13 years later, we are re-introduced to them as young adults, and eventually follow the group to America, where they encounter the kind of culture shock we can't begin to fathom.

Reese Witherspoon in an Inspiring True Story on the Lost Boys of Sudan in “The Good Lie” Unfolds in Ayala Cinemas July 29 

Based on true events, “The Good Lie” centers on  orphans  during the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety.  Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America.  In “The Good Lie,” Philippe Falardeau, (writer and director of the Oscar®- nominated Foreign Language film “Monsieur Lazhar”) brings the story of their survival and triumph to life.   Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) stars alongside Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war.


The Good Lie (2015)

Our ratings: ★★★★★★★★★☆

PG-13  |  110 min  |  Drama
Director: Philippe Falardeau
Writer: Margaret Nagle
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany

  “The Good Lie” opens exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide on July 29.  Check out www.sureseats.com for advance ticket purchase and reserved seats. 

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