Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 04, 2008 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+

Saddam Hussein has recently fallen, and a famous old Kurdish musician (Ismail Ghaffari) and his sons ride a rattling school bus to a celebratory concert across the border in Iraqi Kurdistan in Half Moon, the magical, poetical road trip from lyrical Kurdish-Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi (Turtles Can Fly). The absurdist mysteries of fate — especially for Kurds — are, as ever, Ghobadi’s theme, and the harsh beauty of snow his favorite scenery. It’s a quiet, optimistic whisper of a picture from a country that has every reason to rage and despair. B+

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