Marooned In Iraq (2003) 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…
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Marooned In Iraq (2003)

Details Release Date: Oct 07, 2003; DVD Release Date: Oct 07, 2003; Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language; With: Shahab Ebrahimi and Iran Ghobadi; Distributor: Wellspring

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.''

Originally posted Oct 17, 2003 Published in issue #733 Oct 17, 2003 Order article reprints