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  • Summary: This third feature from internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi is set in his native Kurdistan on the eve of the American invasion of Iraq. The devastation to this land and its inhabitants is revealed in the matter-of-fact perspective of the children and is equally displayed with every poignant detail of its unbearable nature. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Superb acting and authentic details energize this rare Iran/Iraq coproduction.
  2. Turtles Can Fly, is masterly: it courses before us with grace, a control that paradoxically bespeaks love and anger.
  3. 100
    It is about the actual lives of refugees, who lack the luxury of opinions because they are preoccupied with staying alive in a world that has no place for them.
  4. A cry of anguish for the youngest victims of every war.
  5. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    80
    Heart-wrenching as well as spirit-raising.
  6. 80
    Amid the muddy scrubbery of the camp and its hinterland surroundings, Ghobadi catches some striking compositions.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    42
    Lacks grace, coherence, and a surface vivid enough to make it an alarm that many will hear.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 49
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 49
  3. Negative: 2 out of 49
  1. AlexM.
    Dec 31, 2005
    10
    An incredible film. A window to a terrifying reality that we refuse to see. This is what we should be watching in the news. Too bad Bush wont see it.
  2. michaelt.
    Nov 9, 2005
    10
    This is one of the most intense and moving films I've ever seen. I saw it several days ago and its images keep coming back to me. Worthwhile but very sad. Expand
  3. KellyS.
    Feb 14, 2006
    10
    This movies images and words will haunt me for a very long time... every American should see this.
  4. Chimen
    Feb 16, 2006
    10
    This movie really shows what we on the outside don't see, feel or realise. I takes us into the pain that this children have been through. And it hurts to see a beautiful Kurdish girl going through emotional pain, and all the other children hurting physically and emotionally. A great movie. Expand
  5. SheilaE.
    Jan 21, 2008
    10
    I found this movie to be so very tragic. and so very true to life , the children where great in it. the director knows his stuff.(you big movie tycoons need to give this cat a chance) Expand
  6. alim.
    Jan 8, 2006
    10
    Great movie. shows that how horribe life is and how still love makes a difference. this was the only reason to go to war.
  7. JimF.
    Nov 7, 2005
    2
    Poor quality sub-titles made this disjointed movie too much work to try to follow.

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