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

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 14, 2007
DVD 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...

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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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

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.

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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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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Sukhdev Sandhu
Independent (UK)

Honours and elevates the unquenchable spirit of its subjects.

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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.

Ronnie Scheib
Variety

Death blurs the frontier between reality and dream, though never dimming the pic's startling beauty, raucous humor or indomitable ethos.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

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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