Kurdish film review: “Mardan”
"Mardan" is a Kurdish drama film directed and written by Batin Ghobadi; starring Hossein Hasan, Helly Luv, and Feyyaz Duman. The story itself revolves around police officer Mardan who suffers from untold traumas of his tragic childhood.
Mardan is hired by a Kurdish woman called Leila whose husband goes missing. The reason that Leila hired Mardan to investigate her husband's disappearance is due to the fact that he was carrying a large amount of cash with him so she thinks that he didn't disappear on his own free will.
Deborah Young, from The Hollywood Reporter, has something to say about the award nominated film, "A strong sense of place emanates from cinematographer Saba Mazioum’s carefully controlled colours, offering a fresh perspective on the majestic landscape which plays such a key role in the film. The same can be said for the modern ethnic score by Kayhan Kalhor, which has an original appeal."
"Madarin" is great film that explores the depth of human conciousness. Mardan isn't an, initially, easy character to get along with and his naturally brooding and angst nature turns off the audience but as the film develops, we get to explore his character even more. The message isn't an explicit one but, rather, it's an implicit one, giving the audience to fully understand the complex layers in which Ghobadi puts up.