Turtles Can Fly
Turtles Can Fly (2005)

Turtles Can Fly, written and directed by Bahman Ghobadi (Marooned in Iraq, A Time for Drunken Horses) takes place in the days leading up to America's second war against Iraq, in a small village and refugee camp on the border of Iraq and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 17, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Set in Iraq after the fall of Saddam, Turtles Can Fly is being hailed as extraordinary, moving, and lyrical.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Despite its fanciful title, Turtles Can Fly leads viewers into a slough of despond, one in which not just hope is strangled but virtually any possibility for simple human kindness.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

A story that renders into poetry the sad facts of survival for child victims of war.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Visually beautiful and acutely observant, this Iran-Iraq co-production presents a compelling, sentiment-free drama that moves on a human level well removed from the usual liberal rhetoric.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Riveting, depressing and eye-opening, Turtles Can Fly is a movie about an Iraq that the news hasn't shown us.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

relentless, bleakly funny, thoroughly remarkable drama

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's a political work, but Ghobadi's film is more in search of the common experience of humanity.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A lyrical and heartbreaking reminder of the human toll of war.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

You'll see more accomplished films, but you won't see many that have more heartbreaking impact.

Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Una película conmovedora, sugestiva y poética, donde gran parte de la convicción proviene de sus increíbles actores no profesionales.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Best film I have seen in a long time, Involves the boarder of Iraq, Iran and Turkey\, where homeless children are trying to survive. One Young man is the head… More
John Ballantine
A movie of the lost. Circumstances place some of us in the most hellish of places simply by the random lot of being born in particular countries. In this case,… More
Aaron Neuwirth
An interesting story about Iraqi kids living in a refugee camp on the border of Turkey anticipating the Iraq War and hoping for the fall of Sadaam. The kid… More
Dannielle Albert
This is a magnificent movie. Compelling, eye-opening, and unforgetable.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Turtles Can Fly" starts out in a Kurdish refugee camp on the border of Iraq and Turkey, just before the United States invaded… More
Rodrigo Ramirez Corona
A prospect of war very good, good performances and good "drama"

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