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  • Summary: A recently orphaned young Kurdish-French woman travels to Kurdistan to find her mother's village, likely destroyed during the Anfal genocide. On her journey she meets two American film students who are travelling to remote villages screening Charlie Chaplin films. They decide to help her search, an undertaking that brings them to the war-weary Mount Qandil, dubbed by the locals the Kurdish Bermuda Triangle, along the Iraqi-Turkish-Iranian borders. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 20, 2014
    70
    The film embraces humor — would you want a one-legged man guiding you through a minefield? — without surrendering sensitivity. The screenplay may echo with atrocities, but it’s not consumed by them.
  2. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Feb 20, 2014
    63
    There’s a simplicity and directness in Chaplin of the Mountains that keeps it aloft; its wholehearted sincerity feels much fresher than any number of slicker, more cynical films.
  3. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Feb 18, 2014
    30
    Self-taught Kurdish-American filmmaker Jano Rosebiani's mostly English-language drama...is deadened by milquetoast characters, uninspired landscape photography, and no perceptible stakes.
  4. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Jun 24, 2014
    30
    At its best, the film seems as dreary a travelogue as that Nia Vardalos vehicle "My Life in Ruins." At its worst, Chaplin of the Mountains feels like an overambitious film-school thesis with superfluous political and philosophical posturing.
  5. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Feb 20, 2014
    20
    Some of the locations and scenes of indigenous musicians make this trip a tiny bit worthwhile. But only a bit.
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