Turtles Can Fly

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Released 2004

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Director:
Bahman Ghobadi
Released:
2004
Rating:
PG-13
TURTLES CAN FLY, directed by Bahman Ghobadi, is set in Ghobad's native Kurdistan on the eve of the American invasion of Iraq. Thirteen-year-old Soran (Soran Ebrahim) is known as "Satellite," for his installation of dishes and antennae for local villages looking for news of Saddam. He is the dynamic leader of the children, organizing the dangerous but necessary sweeping and clearing of the minefields and arranging the trades. The industrious Satellite falls for an unlikely orphan (Avaz Latif), a sad-faced girl traveling with her brother Henkov, (Hirsh Feyssal) who appears to have the gift of clairvoyance. The siblings are care-taking a three-year-old, whose connection to the pair is discovered as harsh truths are unveiled. This haunting indie film from IFC reveals the devastation to the land and its inhabitants through the matter-of-fact perspective of the children and is equally displayed with every poignant detail of its unbearable nature.

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    It is a heartbreaking film, and cruelty sometimes seems to be not only its subject but its method. Like the child on a high cliff that is one of its recurring images, the film walk...

  • 90

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Ghobadi in this pic displays a complete command of his art as he shifts between -- and even blends -- wrenching tragedy and amusing comedy.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Ghobadi uses the lack of resources and the surfeit of drama that had been the lot of the Kurds throughout Hussein's dictatorship and both Gulf wars much in the way De Sica and Ross...

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