Half Moon (2007)



Critic Consensus: Bahman Ghobadi's Half Moon is a beautiful and often humorous look into the lives of Kurdish wanderers.

Movie Info

Director Bahman Ghobadi follows the success of Turtles Can Fly and A Time for Drunken Horses with this tale of an iconic Kurdish musician who, despite his failing health, determines to lead a dozen of his sons to Iraq for a concert staged to celebrate Saddam Hussein's fall and the end of the brutal Iraqi dictator's repression of Kurdish music. Authorization has just been granted for the concert, and upon receiving word of the upcoming musical celebration, Kako (Allah-Morad Rashtian) immediately … More

Rating: Unrated (adult situations)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Bahman Ghobadi, Behnam Behzadi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 4, 2008
Strand Releasing - Official Site

Watch it now


as Kako/Bus Driver

as Hesho/Singer

as Border Policeman
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Half Moon

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for Half Moon

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8)

This is a road movie unlike any other...

January 4, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

There's something Styxian about the road travelled here that's reinforced with imagery of death that elevates Ghobadi's tale above the everyday.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

For his poetic fourth feature, Half Moon, Bahman Ghobadi returns to the desolation of the Kurdish borderlands and the enduring optimism of his people.

Full Review… | December 14, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Writer-director Bahman Ghobadi's picturesque road trip is less about preserving a musical heritage than accepting one's fate, a mythic trek that's both heartrending and boisterous -- often as hauntingly absurdist as a Kusturica carnival.

Full Review… | December 11, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

The Kurds may not yet have a country, but as long as Bahman Ghobadi keeps making movies they have a national cinema.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Death blurs the frontier between reality and dream, though never dimming the pic's startling beauty, raucous humor or indomitable ethos.

Full Review… | April 26, 2007
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Half Moon

I love this movie and would not mind owning it. It is a reminder of what happened to artistic freedom in Iraq.

Half Moon Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Half Moon on our Movie forum!