‘Love Child’ Review: This Refugee Survival Story Is One of the Most Absorbing Dramas of the Year

Published on Nov 09, 2019

‘Love Child’ Review: This Refugee Survival Story Is One of the Most Absorbing Dramas of the Year

Sahand and Leila weren’t asking for much when they fled their native Iran in 2012. As Leila explains during one of many interviews during Eva Mulvad’s aching and intimate documentary “Love Child,” the couple wasn’t looking for “a good life” elsewhere; they just wanted the chance for a normal one, where their relationship and the very existence of their son Mani wasn’t a death sentence. And they were right to be afraid.

Nearly a decade ago, the couple (plus Mani) left behind everything and everyone they knew to escape to Turkey, convinced that their adulterous relationship (and the physical manifestation of it) was going to get them killed. As Sahand explains during his own interviews, he can still remember incidents during his childhood when people guilty of his same apparent crimes were stoned or hung in public, murdered by the government for their life choices. Yes, they were right to run,

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Author: Kate Erbland