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.”
Genre: Drama, Foreign Language; Starring: Shahab Ebrahimi, Iran Ghobadi; Director: Bahman Ghobadi; Author: Bahman Ghobadi; Release Date Limited: 04/25/2003; Runtime (in minutes): 97; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Wellspring
Posted October 17 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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