Set in Ghobadi’s native Kurdistan, close to the Turkey-Iran border. Soran is a 13-year-old boy who orders other children around as he installs an antenna for villagers keen to hear the broadcast of Saddam Hussein’s fall…
This award-winning film from Bahman Ghobadi looks at the lives and struggles of children in Kurdistan, an area as wrought with trouble now as it was in 2004 and when the film is set, before the first Iraq war. Human and heartfelt, its people are too rarely seen but their stories need to be told.
Sans jamais verser dans le sordide dénonciateur ou le pathos lourdingue, une oeuvre remarquable de justesse et d'émotion, destinée à tous publics, à voir toutes querelles cessantes, réalisée par un metteur en scène talentueux...
so realistic that a lot of people probably won't see the true drama, because there is no sentimentality, no fake pumped up scenes... Great movie, even a little humoristic. Still can't believe how amazingly the children act.
Symbolism of characters, strength in storytelling and a professional production. A salute to the filmmaker for achieving the tactful work in the film. Every frame, movement and passing second pulled its viewer replicating a quicksand. With cinema we can do wonders, this is one of them.