I watched The Kite Runner tonight. It is a very sad story about a boyhood friendship in Afghanistan (pre-Taliban). One of the friends is masochistically loyal, and the movie really focuses on the other one's guilt. There were some particularly upsetting scenes, and the loyal friend, Hassan, was painfully moving.
It follows the main character, Amir, into his adulthood in America, when he has an opportunity to go back (during the Taliban). This part was scary and interesting.
The Kite Runner made me cry and made me sad, but there was something kind of formulaic and manipulative about it, about the way things worked out. Also, Hassan's stubborn loyalty was too tragic, and the rest of the movie paled in comparison to that.