«Half Moon» is a Kurdish film written and directed by Bahman Ghobadi in 2006. The Mozart inspired road movie revolves around a man named Memo (played with great accuracy by Ismail Gaffer), a prominent but old Kurdish musician. Mamo is a man on a mission, and that mission is to hold one last concert in his home country, Kurdistan. Despite the numerous warnings from his village elders that dreadful things happen during the half moon, and their persistent urges to give, Mamo and his ten sons embark on the dangerous journey.
Along the way, the musician picks up the famous singer, Hesho. This creates some problematic situations as Iranian women aren>t allowed to sing in public, let alone in the company of males. The surprisingly heart-warming movie holds an undertone of dark humor as Mamo, the Kurdish representation of Mozart, continues on a journey to hold one last musical festival.
The film>s almost arbitrary flow of moods and emotions can be a little hard to follow at times, especially as they change so quickly. However, each and every viewer, whether it is hours after they watched the movie or seconds, finds the scenes clicking into place with an odd sort of auspicious feeling to them, all heading towards the final crescendo.
As Joe Morgenstern, critic from the Wall Street Journal, simply put it: «This is a road movie unlike any other.»