Half Moon

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - H.G. Has­san

«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.»

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