DUKHTAR (Daughter)

This intense survival flick (⋆⋆⋆½ out of four stars, not rated) follows a mother and daughter on an escape from their tribe after a grieving father promises the 10-year-old girl to a tribal leader to settle a deadly blood feud. They convince a kind but reluctant young truck driver to smuggle them away, and he quickly grows attached to the magnetic young girl and the despairing mother. Strong character development drives this nail-biting race through the dangerous war-torn mountains of Pakistan. Rooting for the safety of the sweet girl, heroic trucker and vulnerable mother will have you on the edge of your seat. (St. Anthony Main)

ALEX NELSON