An elderly Kurdish musician persuades his two middle-aged sons to help him search for his ex-wife, endangered in wartorn Iraqi Kurdistan. Punctuations of lively music and unexpected humor elevate the journey, which is otherwise fraught with devastation – thievery, poverty, bombing, and death. Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi brings the hopelessness of Saddam’s Iraq to life with authenticity and wit. EXTRAS Just one: In an extended interview, Ghobadi reveals that he lived with the three actors – real-life musicians who played at his sister’s wedding – for three months, and based much of the script on their personal stories. In doing so, he has created a fictional documentary of sorts, in which, he explains, ”the actors don’t act anymore. They just relive their lives in front of my camera.”
Marooned in Iraq An elderly Kurdish musician persuades his two middle-aged sons to help him search for his ex-wife, endangered in wartorn Iraqi Kurdistan. Punctuations...Marooned in IraqDrama, Foreign LanguageBahman GhobadiPT97MUnrated An elderly Kurdish musician persuades his two middle-aged sons to help him search for his ex-wife, endangered in wartorn Iraqi Kurdistan. Punctuations...2003-10-17Wellspring
Genre: Drama, Foreign Language; Starring: Shahab Ebrahimi, Iran Ghobadi; Director: Bahman Ghobadi; Author: Bahman Ghobadi; Runtime (in minutes): 97; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Wellspring
Posted October 17 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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