Half Moon (2007)


Critic Consensus: 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 (7)

This is a road movie unlike any other...

Jan 4, 2008

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

Dec 14, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

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.

Dec 11, 2007 | Full Review…

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

Aug 31, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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Death blurs the frontier between reality and dream, though never dimming the pic's startling beauty, raucous humor or indomitable ethos.

Apr 26, 2007 | Full Review…
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