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Half Moon Reviews

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January 4, 2008
This is a road movie unlike any other...
January 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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/6
January 4, 2008
Honours and elevates the unquenchable spirit of its subjects.
January 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 4, 2008
Stylish, but never quite substantial enough, Half Moon never lives up to its stunning opening sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 4, 2008
Part quirky road-movie, part mythic fantasia, part rhapsodic celebration - and wholly captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 4, 2008
Surprisingly gripping despite its whimsical subject matter and often very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 4, 2008
Illuminating, surreal, tear-jerking and funny, Half Moon is an unforgettable voyage into a land little seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
January 4, 2008
An unflinching and affecting depiction of the region's tragic lunacies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 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.
December 14, 2007
a fascinating portrait of an underrepresented people, rich in humor, pathos and possible permutations
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 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.
December 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 31, 2007
The Kurds may not yet have a country, but as long as Bahman Ghobadi keeps making movies they have a national cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 24, 2007
...a moving road movie that culminates in a dramatic, music-saturated finale.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 19, 2007
Director Bahman Ghobadi ices his dark parable with a light frosting of humanistic humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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