Michael Sauter
November 01, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Half Moon

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
107 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/14/07
performer
Golshifteh Farahani, Ismail Ghaffari
director
Bahman Ghobadi
distributor
Strand Releasing
author
Behnam Behzadi, Bahman Ghobadi
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

Based on stories by Paul Bowles, the British shorts of Halfmoon (released theatrically as a triptych) shine intermittently. Though all three share thematic threads of betrayal and vengeance, each charts dramatically different emotional terrain: from the volatile friendship of two young Tangiers men, to the desolate honeymoon cruise of an out-of-love English couple, to the fantastical bonding between an outcast Moroccan boy and a snake charmer’s cobra. While the first and third films are feverishly exotic, they seem like unfinished stories. Only the middle one, ”Call at Corazon,” fully satisfies. A cool, elliptical drama of marital mind games, it belongs not in this collection but on a video double bill with Bernardo Bertolucci’s film of Bowles’ The Sheltering Sky. Rent the two together for a night of poetic despair. B-

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