Half Moon

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



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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 procures a school bus and sets about rounding up his father, Mamo, and many brothers. Mamo is an elderly statesman of Kurdish music, and as the jovial collection of men make their way across the border between Iranian and Iraqi Kurdistan, they bear witness to a wide-ranging variety of sights both sublime and soul-scarring.


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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (23)

  • This is a road movie unlike any other...

    Jan 4, 2008
  • The film, equipped with a sense of humour as well as a certain kind of Middle Eastern magic realism, has a central theme that emphasises the fate of a whole people without a country to call their own.

    Jan 4, 2008 | Rating: 3/6
  • I am a little unsure that the themes, images and ideas in all this come together as satisfactorily as they should, but it is a serious and worthwhile piece of work from a director with a real cinematic language.

    Jan 4, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The savage drama of the landscape, the indomitable optimism of the people and the passion of the ubiquitous music - almost every character is a musician - is universal in its appeal.

    Jan 4, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • Surprisingly gripping despite its whimsical subject matter and often very funny.

    Jan 4, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt

    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.

    Jan 4, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic

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