God's Gift ★★★½

Discovered alone and collapsed out of exhaustion in the bush, a mute boy with amnesia is adopted by a kindly farming family in this Burkinabè drama. The film benefits from an intriguing premise and the first few scenes are superb as he bonds with the family. The final few scenes are potent too as he learns to process the trauma after remembering why he was alone in the bush. The middle stretch of the film is, however, a lot less interesting, mostly spent on him performing menial farming duties as he grows accustomed to his new life. In between farming, he has some great scenes though with his new (adoptive) younger sister. The young actress who plays the girl is simply adorable. She does very well interacting with him despite his inability to talk, and more focus on her -- rather than letting goats in and out -- would have been nice.