Half Moon

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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 onMamo, 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. Fateful and funny, haunting and magical.
  2. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    80
    An unflinching and affecting depiction of the region’s tragic lunacies.
  3. An eloquent and audacious lament.
  4. This is a road movie unlike any other, the comical and mystical odyssey of old Mamo (an extraordinary performance by Ismail Ghaffari), a venerated musician who heads for Iraq from exile in Kurdish Iran with a busload of his musician sons to give a concert after Saddam's fall.
  5. 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. 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).
  7. 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.

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  1. Anderanik
    Apr 9, 2008
    10
    I hear so times in the news that Iran Government Banned this persian movie , because they think Women have no right to sing . Is it true ? So I hear so times in the news that Iran Government Banned this persian movie , because they think Women have no right to sing . Is it true ? So I think Iranian Government can not tell about democrasy as in the nacular energy said. ha ha ha ! Collapse

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