Son of Babylon (Ibn Babil) (2011)
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A family hangs on the hope of finding a loved one during a time of chaos and change in this drama from director Mohamed al-Daradji. In 1991, Ahmed (Yasser Taleeb) was a Kurdish boy only a few months old when his father was taken prisoner during the war in the Persian Gulf, and no one has heard from him since. Ahmed's family has long believed he might still be held in Northern Iraq, and as Saddam Hussein is driven from power by American forces in 2003, Ahmed and his grandmother Um-Ibrahim
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Al Daradji directs with a sure hand, avoiding icy realism and chest-beating melodrama. The result is warm, human and quietly devastating.
It's a sensitive, stoical, compassionate film with a subtle feel for the detail of everyday life in this shattered land.
A tough, tender, hugely moving work of mourning for all those Iraqi men and women who have disappeared since the Gulf War.
Owing much to the humanist tradition of Iranian cinema, this visually striking and emotionally harrowing odyssey is played to the hilt by the non-professional cast.
A touching and tender road movie, although perhaps a little misty-eyed in the depiction of some of its characters.
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