Marooned in Iraq Reviews

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September 12, 2005
July 16, 2005
November 5, 2003
Ghobadi's witty dialogue successfully balances pathos and humor in palatable fashion
September 18, 2003
A sorrowful road comedy set in a place where hardship and humor are brothers in arms.
June 22, 2003
Marooned in Iraq is touching, funny, riveting, devastating and rife with extraordinary images.
June 6, 2003
It's a movie that works on many levels, including symbolic and metaphorical.
Top Critic
June 6, 2003
Impresses with its varied notes and clear understanding of the powerful entertainment value in a road picture spryly maneuvering across heavily mined terrain.
June 6, 2003
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.
June 5, 2003
It puts a face and name to people and events we hear about nightly on CNN.
May 23, 2003
Not surprising that it's more tragicomedy than yukfest.
May 23, 2003
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.
May 22, 2003
Even though the film's tone grows ever more elegiac, it stubbornly remains a celebration of the Kurdish capacity to endure.
May 22, 2003
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.
May 14, 2003
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.
May 3, 2003
Eliciting affecting performances from his cast of nonprofessionals (all with fascinating faces), Ghobadi manages to balance the inhumanity with humanity.
May 2, 2003
Though Marooned in Iraq falls short of greatness, its timing couldn't be more brilliant.
May 1, 2003
Here is an immensely touching and compassionate film about the harassed and persecuted Kurdish people fleeing from Iraq towards the Iranian border; it will open your eyes and your heart as well.
April 30, 2003
Part rollicking road picture, part ardent homage to ethnic homeland, and part unexpected last laugh for Iran-based Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi.
April 26, 2003
Both celebratory and elegiac.
April 25, 2003
On a miniscule budget, Ghobadi conveys the terror of war, while the beautifully edited sequence in which Iranian villagers make bricks resembles nothing so much as a choreographed dance number.
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