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  • Summary: Mamo, the old renowned Kurdish musician, has begun a journey to Iraq to perform a music concert after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The Old of the village has predicted that Mamo should not go on the trip because as the full moon comes, something awful will happen to him. Mamo persists on continuing his journey because it's the first time he's been allowed to work in many years. (Miji Film) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    80
    An unflinching and affecting depiction of the region’s tragic lunacies.
  2. Fateful and funny, haunting and magical.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    80
    An eloquent and audacious lament.
  4. The suspicion and contempt the band encounters along the way symbolize the Kurds' historical sufferings, but the movie has many comic moments courtesy of the eager bus driver, who keeps putting his foot in his mouth. The nonprofessional cast is highly persuasive under the sure hand of director Bahman Ghobadi (A Time for Drunken Horses).
  5. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    70
    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.
  6. Ghobadi always uses non-pro actors but you would never know. In fact, professionals wouldn't do theses roles justice since the recruited performers are partly playing themselves and partly playing people Ghobadi has known since he was a boy.
  7. 70
    In a boom time for movies about the scars of the battlefield, Half Moon reminds that the unending strife and religious fundamentalism of the Middle East kills not just people but culture too.

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