Marooned In Iraq
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Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi directed this wartime drama leavened with comedy, which at once examines the Gulf War of the early '90s and offers a prescient perspective on the attitudes and events which (in part) led to the War in Iraq in 2003. It's 1991, and in the wake of the War in the Persian Gulf, Saddam Hussein's forces are laying waste to villages in Iraq and Kurdistan believed to be harboring rebel forces who were attempting to bring down Hussein's regime with the encouragement, but without the military support, of the United States. In the midst of this chaos, Mirza… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a movie that works on many levels, including symbolic and metaphorical."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Not surprising that it's more tragicomedy than yukfest."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Ghobadi's witty dialogue successfully balances pathos and humor in palatable fashion"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Eliciting affecting performances from his cast of nonprofessionals (all with fascinating faces), Ghobadi manages to balance the inhumanity with humanity."
‑ , E! Online
"Impresses with its varied notes and clear understanding of the powerful entertainment value in a road picture spryly maneuvering across heavily mined terrain."
‑ , Boston Globe
"Even though the film's tone grows ever more elegiac, it stubbornly remains a celebration of the Kurdish capacity to endure."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A sorrowful road comedy set in a place where hardship and humor are brothers in arms."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"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."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"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."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It puts a face and name to people and events we hear about nightly on CNN."
‑ Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News
"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."
‑ Henry Sheehan, L.A. Weekly
"Marooned in Iraq is touching, funny, riveting, devastating and rife with extraordinary images."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"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."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Both celebratory and elegiac."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
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