Half Moon (2007)
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This is a road movie unlike any other...
There's something Styxian about the road travelled here that's reinforced with imagery of death that elevates Ghobadi's tale above the everyday.
For his poetic fourth feature, Half Moon, Bahman Ghobadi returns to the desolation of the Kurdish borderlands and the enduring optimism of his people.
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.
The Kurds may not yet have a country, but as long as Bahman Ghobadi keeps making movies they have a national cinema.
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I love this movie and would not mind owning it. It is a reminder of what happened to artistic freedom in Iraq.
[color=lightblue]Excellent...Beautiful...Moving...Touching...Brutal...Humorous...[/color] [color=lightblue]These are just a few of the adjectives than can be used to describe this film. Stories like these remind us how easily things come to us and how safe a road we have to obtain our goals. It may even make one realize that they actually have no real goals or certainly very little of the passion needed to make good things happen. Maybe stories like this will not motivate everyone, but at least this one will surely stir some emotions that don't always see the light of day. [/color] [color=lightblue][/color] [color=lightblue]I would have liked to have seen the concert, I am sure it was one for the ages...I guess if Mamo did not get to see it, we do not deserve to see it, either.[/color]
Despite being a tad (OK, a lot) more conventional than most Iranian films, there remains quite a bit that's worth seeing. The landscape photography is strong as are the non-professionals in the cast. The road movie conventions and the forced jokes about the west detract from the early scenes, but as it settles in, it gets more comfortable in its own skin and starts to take less traveled paths. Of course it could be better, but I'm all for as many Iranian films seeing US release as possible, so if it took a few concessions to pique the interest of Strand's DVD distribution network, I won't complain.
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