Half Moon Reviews

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January 4, 2008
This is a road movie unlike any other...
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 26, 2007
Death blurs the frontier between reality and dream, though never dimming the pic's startling beauty, raucous humor or indomitable ethos.
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.
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.
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.
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