Reviews

Feb 14, 2021
The film has many painful and sad moments, but also comic ones.
Jan 4, 2008
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
Honours and elevates the unquenchable spirit of its subjects.
Jan 4, 2008
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
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
Stylish, but never quite substantial enough, Half Moon never lives up to its stunning opening sequence.
Jan 4, 2008
Part quirky road-movie, part mythic fantasia, part rhapsodic celebration - and wholly captivating.
Jan 4, 2008
Surprisingly gripping despite its whimsical subject matter and often very funny.
Jan 4, 2008
Illuminating, surreal, tear-jerking and funny, Half Moon is an unforgettable voyage into a land little seen.
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
An unflinching and affecting depiction of the region's tragic lunacies.
Dec 25, 2007
Opens our hearts and minds to the special place musicians play in the Kurdish culture and the ways in which they celebrate the human spirit.
Dec 19, 2007
Death may come with the half moon, but there remains a promise of rebirth%u2014the full moon, which illuminates even the desperate landscape of Kurdistan.
Dec 14, 2007
a fascinating portrait of an underrepresented people, rich in humor, pathos and possible permutations
Dec 14, 2007
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 11, 2007
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
Balancing earthy humor and scarring tragedy, Bahman Ghobadi's portraits of Kurdish wanderers are particularly expressive of Iranian cinema's sense of hope within instability.
Aug 31, 2007
The Kurds may not yet have a country, but as long as Bahman Ghobadi keeps making movies they have a national cinema.
Aug 24, 2007
...a moving road movie that culminates in a dramatic, music-saturated finale.