Half Moon
Half Moon (2007)

Director Bahman Ghobadi follows the success of Turtles Can Fly and A Time for Drunken Horses with this tale of an iconic Kurdish musician who, despite his failing health, determines to lead a dozen of his sons to Iraq for a concert staged… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 4, 2008
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Consensus: Bahman Ghobadi's Half Moon is a beautiful and often humorous look into the lives of Kurdish wanderers.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

This is a road movie unlike any other...

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

For his poetic fourth feature, Half Moon, Bahman Ghobadi returns to the desolation of the Kurdish borderlands and the enduring optimism of his people.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

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.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

There's something Styxian about the road travelled here that's reinforced with imagery of death that elevates Ghobadi's tale above the everyday.

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

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.

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Sukhdev Sandhu

Honours and elevates the unquenchable spirit of its subjects.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

[Director Bahman Ghobadi] sparks a deeply humanist alchemy in unsentimental tales peopled by nonprofessional actors.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The Kurds may not yet have a country, but as long as Bahman Ghobadi keeps making movies they have a national cinema.

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Peter Bradshaw

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.

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