Half Moon (Niwe Mung)
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Half Moon (Niwe Mung)
Mamo, the old renowned Kurdish musician, has begun a journey to Iraq with his sons to perform a music concert after the fall of Sadam Hossein. On the journey, a middle aged man who is Mamo's follower escorts him and the sons as a driver of an orange mini bus which he has borrowed from a friend. Mamo gathers his sons one by one from different areas. When the last son joins the team he insists to speak to Mamo. He explains to Mamo that the Old of the village has predicted that Mamo should not go on the trip because as the full moon comes, something awful will happen to him. Mamo persist on… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a road movie unlike any other..."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"For his poetic fourth feature, Half Moon, Bahman Ghobadi returns to the desolation of the Kurdish borderlands and the enduring optimism of his people."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"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."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"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."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Surprisingly gripping despite its whimsical subject matter and often very funny."
‑ Paul Arendt, BBC.com
"There's something Styxian about the road travelled here that's reinforced with imagery of death that elevates Ghobadi's tale above the everyday."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"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."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Honours and elevates the unquenchable spirit of its subjects."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Independent
"Stylish, but never quite substantial enough, Half Moon never lives up to its stunning opening sequence."
‑ Sam Jordison, Film4
"Illuminating, surreal, tear-jerking and funny, Half Moon is an unforgettable voyage into a land little seen."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"[Director Bahman Ghobadi] sparks a deeply humanist alchemy in unsentimental tales peopled by nonprofessional actors."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"The Kurds may not yet have a country, but as long as Bahman Ghobadi keeps making movies they have a national cinema."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Part quirky road-movie, part mythic fantasia, part rhapsodic celebration - and wholly captivating."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"An unflinching and affecting depiction of the region's tragic lunacies."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
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