Son of Babylon (Ibn Babil) Reviews

  • Feb 16, 2016

    Really good movie. Good script, well told and well directed. The cast makes a great performance, both, grandmother and son. Maybe, the weakest point is an inconclusive ending which, actually, fits perfectly but leaves too many open questions. Fits, because the whole movie is open, from the beginning to the end, since the point is bringing us to the reality of a devastated Iraq and how the population survives under a mountain of pain.

    Really good movie. Good script, well told and well directed. The cast makes a great performance, both, grandmother and son. Maybe, the weakest point is an inconclusive ending which, actually, fits perfectly but leaves too many open questions. Fits, because the whole movie is open, from the beginning to the end, since the point is bringing us to the reality of a devastated Iraq and how the population survives under a mountain of pain.

  • Mar 21, 2015

    Coming from Iraq with a solid script, representative set and visually striking, 'Son of Babylon" is a painful and heartbreaking road drama film lifted by two-center promising performances.

    Coming from Iraq with a solid script, representative set and visually striking, 'Son of Babylon" is a painful and heartbreaking road drama film lifted by two-center promising performances.

  • Aug 01, 2012

    A realistic portrayal of what the Middle East has become ever since US dearest decided to finger into its business...

    A realistic portrayal of what the Middle East has become ever since US dearest decided to finger into its business...

  • Jul 23, 2012

    The film is set initially in Northern Iraq, 2003, two weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Ahmed, a 12-year-old boy begrudgingly follows in the shadow of his grandmother. On hearing news that prisoners of war have been found alive in the South, she is determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmedâ(TM)s father, who never returned from the Gulf war in 1991. From the mountains of Kurdistan to the sands of Babylon, they hitch rides from strangers and cross paths with fellow pilgrims, on all too similar journeys. Struggling to understand his grandmother's search, Ahmed follows in the forgotten footsteps of a father he never knew. They also go to mass graves, where they ask if he is on the list of identified bodies, and look for papers on the bodies.

    The film is set initially in Northern Iraq, 2003, two weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Ahmed, a 12-year-old boy begrudgingly follows in the shadow of his grandmother. On hearing news that prisoners of war have been found alive in the South, she is determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmedâ(TM)s father, who never returned from the Gulf war in 1991. From the mountains of Kurdistan to the sands of Babylon, they hitch rides from strangers and cross paths with fellow pilgrims, on all too similar journeys. Struggling to understand his grandmother's search, Ahmed follows in the forgotten footsteps of a father he never knew. They also go to mass graves, where they ask if he is on the list of identified bodies, and look for papers on the bodies.

  • Mar 17, 2012

    A film with plenty of impact in its social commentary on life in contemporary Iraq, but this one superbly links in the consequences of both Gulf wars on its people.

    A film with plenty of impact in its social commentary on life in contemporary Iraq, but this one superbly links in the consequences of both Gulf wars on its people.

  • Mar 10, 2012

    This movie underlines a social problem that is vividly present in Irak.

    This movie underlines a social problem that is vividly present in Irak.

  • Feb 08, 2012

    A very touching and heartfelt film about a boy and his grandmother looking for a long lost relative a few weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. It's nice to see more Kurdish being spoken in cinema but the translation wasn't always correct. Nonetheless, it was quite well acted and you feel like your hoping the protagonists find what they want. It's fascinating that this film highlights many human emotions like the anger, frustration and sadness that comes with losing a loved one. It also displays just how evil and cruel humans can be in relation to Saddam's brutal regime. Whether you were for or against the Iraq war, this film shows the families that lost loved ones in mass graves may have never known where they were until this war happened. It would be great to see a bit more of Kurdish and Iraqi cinema as it is rich in historical events and shows that Art House can work very well in an underdeveloped part of the Film scene in the Middle East.

    A very touching and heartfelt film about a boy and his grandmother looking for a long lost relative a few weeks after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. It's nice to see more Kurdish being spoken in cinema but the translation wasn't always correct. Nonetheless, it was quite well acted and you feel like your hoping the protagonists find what they want. It's fascinating that this film highlights many human emotions like the anger, frustration and sadness that comes with losing a loved one. It also displays just how evil and cruel humans can be in relation to Saddam's brutal regime. Whether you were for or against the Iraq war, this film shows the families that lost loved ones in mass graves may have never known where they were until this war happened. It would be great to see a bit more of Kurdish and Iraqi cinema as it is rich in historical events and shows that Art House can work very well in an underdeveloped part of the Film scene in the Middle East.

  • Jan 31, 2012

    An excellent film. Stark landscapes, profound relationships but harrowing and shocking.

    An excellent film. Stark landscapes, profound relationships but harrowing and shocking.

  • Dec 10, 2011

    A compelling odyssey through Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein. Gives a taste of the many levels of human cost while maintaining an engaging humor.

    A compelling odyssey through Iraq following the fall of Saddam Hussein. Gives a taste of the many levels of human cost while maintaining an engaging humor.

  • Nov 27, 2011

    Cinta de las sociales, que descolocan y hacen preguntas. Muestra bien la naturaleza bondadosa de personas mas alla de su pasado y el deseo de dialogar mas alla de las etnias: maravillosa secuencia hablando arabe y kurdo sin entenderse... y entendiendose. Magistral tambià (C)n la ultima escena de Yasser Talib y sincero mano a mano de Shazada Hussein. En fin, un filme sin artificios, pero dejandose la piel.

    Cinta de las sociales, que descolocan y hacen preguntas. Muestra bien la naturaleza bondadosa de personas mas alla de su pasado y el deseo de dialogar mas alla de las etnias: maravillosa secuencia hablando arabe y kurdo sin entenderse... y entendiendose. Magistral tambià (C)n la ultima escena de Yasser Talib y sincero mano a mano de Shazada Hussein. En fin, un filme sin artificios, pero dejandose la piel.