Marooned in Iraq

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  • Summary: Set on the Iran-Iraq border in the early 1990s, this film dramatizes the plight of the Kurdish people.


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  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
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  1. 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.
  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. 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.
  4. 90
    Occurring as it does amid a surge of tragedy and bitterness, its comic effect is powerfully mitigated.
  5. 88
    As full of joy as pain, it's a perspective we need to see more often.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4


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