Mary Poppins Returns
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It's a movie that works on many levels, including symbolic and metaphorical.
Impresses with its varied notes and clear understanding of the powerful entertainment value in a road picture spryly maneuvering across heavily mined terrain.
It puts a face and name to people and events we hear about nightly on CNN.
Not surprising that it's more tragicomedy than yukfest.
Even though the film's tone grows ever more elegiac, it stubbornly remains a celebration of the Kurdish capacity to endure.
Moving from the harsh reportage of his first feature, A Time for Drunken Horses, Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi looks at life through the all-seeing but forgiving lens of comedy.
Ghobadi's witty dialogue successfully balances pathos and humor in palatable fashion
A sorrowful road comedy set in a place where hardship and humor are brothers in arms.
Marooned in Iraq is touching, funny, riveting, devastating and rife with extraordinary images.
Ghobadi does a professional job of melding these disparate parts together, carefully using the hard, scraggly Kurdistan landscape and the overhead sounds of war as tie-ins.
The Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi made an impressive feature debut with the tragic tale of child smugglers A Time for Drunken Horses. Events in his second movie, Marooned in Iraq, are even more heart-rending.
Ghobadi has found a way to use the quest of one man to show all the problems in Kurdistan. It's interesting, occasionally funny and thought-provoking, but doesn't quite capture your heart.
[font=Century Gothic][color=darkslateblue]"Marooned in Iraq" takes place in the Kurd dominated regions of Iran and Iraq, towards the end of the Iran/Iraq war. An older musician named Mirza goes in search of his ex(?)-wife, along with his two sons - one unmarried, one married seven times over, with eleven daughters and desperately wants another wife to finally give him a son.(The latter son is in desperate need of feminist teachings. Considering that women cannot sing out in public, perhaps the whole region is, also.) What happens is a journey funny, dangerous and touching - as the trio wanders on the edge of a war zone and witness the destruction that Saddam Hussein has wrought first hand. They also meet up with characters who try and profit from the war plus those whose lives the war has changed for the worst. [/color][/font]
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