Marooned in Iraq


Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14

Critic Reviews

  1. Ghobadi infuses his movie with a humor that can almost be called Seinfeldian, and it's this mix of laughter with tears that gives Marooned in Iraq its big impact.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    You'll have to seek it out in its limited release, but no current movie is more worth the effort.
  3. A mix of war film, road movie, and romantic comedy-drama, this peripatetic yarn is less resonant than Ghobadi's beautiful "A Time for Drunken Horses," but it has enough energy to keep your eyes popping and your toes tapping.
  4. Nothing I've read about Iraq or seen on TV in the past few weeks has felt nearly as real and intimate as this commanding fiction.
  5. 90
    If Mr. Ghobadi's dominant theme is the devastation of the Kurds, his subdominant tone is one of strength, resistance and fertility.
  6. Mostly, though, it's a film about that hollow feeling that hits you when the tears have all dried up and your face hurts way too much to even crack a smile.
  7. 90
    This lusty, heartfelt movie has a near Brueghelian visual energy and a humanist passion as contagious as its music.
  8. 90
    Occurring as it does amid a surge of tragedy and bitterness, its comic effect is powerfully mitigated.
  9. 88
    As full of joy as pain, it's a perspective we need to see more often.
  10. 80
    On a miniscule budget, Ghobadi conveys the terror of war, while the beautifully edited sequence in which Iranian villagers make bricks resembles nothing so much as a choreographed dance number.
  11. 75
    Eventually turns somber, with stark depiction of mass graves and suffering refugees. The final scene will break your heart.
  12. It's part grim Beckett-like drama, part joyous picaresque, and all quite mesmerizing.
  13. Even though the film's tone grows ever more elegiac, it stubbornly remains a celebration of the Kurdish capacity to endure.
  14. 70
    Ends with horrific revelations that are made all the more powerful by the lightness that precedes them. Simultaneously sad and hopeful, Ghobadi suggests the resiliency of a culture in which war is part of the fabric of everyday life.

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